Comorbidities – Secondary Factors Caused By Mental Health Issues
Tiredness to loss of appetite, stomach pains to breathlessness; these are just a small number of secondary factors caused by mental health issues.
Most times when someone first has a panic attack, they usually think it’s a heart attack or some sort of lung condition which can result in ending up in A&E. This is understandably scary for the individual and often leads to further anxiety of having a panic attack or health anxiety. Understanding how your body reacts to mental health issues can be a big relief and reduce further bad thoughts and feelings, this is why reading about the affects a mental health issue can have and trying to think logically about the physical health condition affecting you can reduce worry and save un-needed trips to the GP. Of course, it’s important to go see a health professional for serious and persistent physical ailments and I also encourage anyone who is suffering with poor mental health to visit the GP to discuss their situation and get help.
Depression and anxiety also encourage irrational thinking, so that ache you would not normally think twice about may seem like the first sign of cancer to your irrational mindset, furthermore, having additional thoughts and worries cause headaches, fuzzy heads and even dizziness all as a secondary physical condition to the main mental health problem. Talking about your worries always helps and this includes talking about a physical condition you have, rather than keeping it bottled up in your head where it will fester, chat to a friend or family member. This discussion can make you instantly feel better and will also help you to decide if the issue may/may not be related to mental health and a trip to the doctors is needed.
It’s always better to get checked out but at the same time no-one wants to be in an out of the doctors or hospital every day, especially when they have no real physical problems but need mental health support. Stay strong as always remember you are not alone.