Written for ‘SheCanMagazine‘ where Jodie Moone is a Wellness Contributor.
Date Written: May 2021
Headaches, exhaustion, stomach issues are all symptoms people experience when run down. However, for someone suffering from a mental health disorder, this can be a daily experience and can be challenging to get on top of during a bad episode.
The correlation between mental health and physical symptoms has even been discussed in an article by Harvard Health, explaining that around two-thirds of patients with irritable bowel syndrome on follow-up also have psychological distress symptoms, most often anxiety. About 65% of patients suffer from depression who also experience at least one type of pain symptom.
When it comes to managing your anxiety or another mental health disorder, knowing that physical symptoms may arise can add more stress or pressure to an already difficult time. It can even affect what kind of clothes they will choose in the morning. For example, I always opt for a black top when I know I’m going to be doing something I’m nervous about to attempt to hide any sweat patches from my anxiety.