How Physical Health Problems Can Affect Your Mental Health?

How Physical Health Problems Can Affect Your Mental Health

How Physical Health Problems Can Affect Your Mental Health?

We tend to pay attention to our physical health and increasingly more, our mental health, though we should collectively consider the impact of physical health on mental health going forward.

Research has shown that poor physical health can lead to mental health conditions such as depression. Poor mental health can also lead to feeling physical symptoms more acutely, creating a vicious cycle.

This cycle can be broken and you do not have to suffer alone. There is help available for you, but you need to take the first step by contacting a medical professional. If this is something you are struggling with, then consider the ease of consulting our discreet and caring private doctor services in the UK. PTMD offers doctor consultations as part of our private GP service in Birmingham as well as our private GP service in Moreton-in-Marsh.

How Does Physical Health Affect Mental Health?

People with chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, Autoimmune diseases, Cancer and Stroke may be more likely to experience depression.

This may be due to suffering symptoms for a long time before finding treatment or lifestyle changes brought on by the illness. Activities that were once enjoyable – such as hiking, gardening, or socialising – may be more difficult to participate in. This can result in feelings of sadness and anxiety that may be felt for a duration of time.

Suffering an acute physical health problem, such as a heart attack or a broken bone can also lead to feelings of sadness, or helplessness due to the new challenges these health issues bring into your life.

All of these changes are expected to bring temporary feelings of sadness or loss, but if these and other symptoms last longer than a couple of weeks, you may have depression. Depression is a treatable medical illness with many symptoms including physical ones. This speaks to the impact of mental illness on your quality of life.

Some symptoms of depression include:

• Feeling hopeless/pessimistic

• Irritability

• Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless

• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities

• Decreased energy

• Decreased concentration or memory

• Sleep problems

• Changes in appetite or weight

If you feel you are suffering the symptoms of depression, PTMD can help you with our private GP services. Visit our website to learn more about how to arrange a private doctor consultation and access a private doctor in the UK. PTMD offers private GP services in Birmingham and Moreton-in-Marsh.

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