Sometimes we talk about mental and physical health as if they are separate. The truth is, they’re not just related, they’re connected. Mental health is health, and it takes the mind and body working together to create overall well-being. The good news? Small lifestyle changes can make a difference, and even a small step can help you get started on a path to wellness.
“You are in charge of your body,” says Imyn. “When I eat well, I notice a big difference. My son motivated me to get into Taekwondo. I believe my experience has helped him a lot through mental health.”
Our experts share how our mind and body affect each other and offer practical lifestyle guidance, sharing small steps that can get you on a path to improving your well-being. Like Imyn, We can.
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We all experience mental health challenges from time to time. Each of us has a different story, unique feelings and personal experiences. Understanding mental health is the first step towards improving it, for yourself and for those you care about.
Depression is a disorder that affects the whole body, including our emotions, the way we think and the way we feel physically. Depression can occur alone or with other health problems and/or mental disorders such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal dysregulation, substance abuse or anxiety disorders.
Depression may show up in a number of different ways, both emotionally and physically. You might experience some or all of these symptoms:
You may also experience:
If you think you may be suffering from depression and wish to seek help, start by talking to your primary care provider. Your provider can evaluate your symptoms and condition, connect you with resources as needed and if appropriate, prescribe medication.
The most common anxiety disorder is Generalized Anxiety Disorder. If your anxiety seems more intense than what a situation calls for, or you experience chronic, daily worry that is hard to control, you may have GAD.
GAD can manifest in a variety of ways. You may experience some or all of these signs and symptoms, and more:
GAD is just one of several diagnosable anxiety disorders including: panic disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; postpartum anxiety and depression; and phobias. If you think you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder and wish to seek help, start by talking to your primary care provider. Your provider can evaluate your symptoms and condition, connect you with resources as needed and prescribe medication if appropriate.
Suicidal behavior includes having frequent thoughts about and/or planning to end one’s own life. Suicide attempts should be taken very seriously. Nearly half of suicidal attempts do not end in suicide, however those with a history of attempts are 23 times more likely to end their own lives. Over 700,000 people die from suicide every year, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in 10- to 29-year-olds.
There are various warning signs of suicide that may include:
People who receive ongoing support from friends and family, and/or those who have access to trusted mental health services like a long-term therapist are less likely to act on their suicidal impulses. Those who are socially isolated are more likely to act.
If someone you know is exhibiting warning signs and seems suicidal, here’s how you can help.