7 Health Issues That Can Affect You Physically & Mentally
There's no denying that the health of our bodies and our minds are super interconnected. If you don't feel well physically, there's a decent chance your mental health is not going to be in the best of shape, and vice versa. In fact, studies suggest that those living with severe mental illness — which the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates is one in twenty-five people in the U.S. — are more prone to developing serious physical disorders. Moreover, TIME reported in February 2017 that research has also found that those with common chronic physical health issues, like psoriasis and diabetes, can have symptoms exacerbated by mental health issues and stress.
If you have a chronic health condition and/or a mental illness, it can a be a vicious cycle: Your mental health can trigger physical symptoms, and physical symptoms can trigger mental health issues, and so on. Though mental health issues and physical health issues are often treated separately by physicians, the distinction between the two is a lot less meaningful than you'd think. Scientists have found that certain disorders that we may typically think of as only being a "physical" disorder are inextricably linked to anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. From eczema to lupus, here are seven common physical disorders that often co-occur, or are linked to an increase risk of mental health conditions.