Mental Health vs. Physical Health

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Mental Health vs. Physical Health

how mental health and physical health connect and differ

Mental and physical health have a strong connection. Having mental health issues can create physical health and physical health issues can create mental health issues. They each have separate side effects but they do end up affecting each other.

Mental Health

Depression is a mental disease that greatly affects physical health. Those who have depression tend to have more problems with their physical health and more susceptible to get sick with a cold or flu. Once physical problems start to occur, it could be even harder to help treat a mental illness like depression. Patients who have both physical health and mental health problems like depression are at a great risk.

When depression is treated effectively, there is no evidence that it improves physical health. But there are still positive benefits like better emotional functioning and handling social situations.

“A 2009 study of patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease found that 22 percent of the participants had at least mild depression, defined as a score of 14 or more on the widely-used Beck Depression Inventory. Seventeen percent were taking antidepressants. The researchers say that for these patients, ‘depression is an independent determinant of health-related quality of life.’”

Physical Health

When someone has a physical health issue like chronic pain, their mental health with also be effected. There is a report that depression is three times as high as normal with patients that also have a physical illness. Physical illness can be the cause of depression for many people that have a disease than alters their life in a negative way.

Mental and Physical

“There is no good evidence that one antidepressant is superior to another in the treatment of depression among those with physical illnesses,” says Professor Goldberg, “and perhaps the most important consideration when choosing an antidepressant for these patients is the nature of the treatment being given for the physical illness.”

There was a study in 2003 that found out that patients who had arthritis and depression were treated with depression medication found that the pain from arthritis lessened. Mental and physical health is deeply connected with each other and both are equally important when it comes to your body and mind.