How Your Mental Health Impacts Your Physical Health

I would like to start off this piece by admitting to a grave, personal confession.

I’m a mentally depressed person. And my physical health has borne the greater burden of my psychological issues. I have to pop one antianxiety & antidepressant pill after another every day for the last 10 years. However, I still need to check myself in public settings. From displaying too much emotion, or letting my guard slip. From feeling too much when there isn’t much to be felt, and becoming panic-stricken on the issues that I like to conjure up in my head. But in my constant battle with my mental health challenges, I’m happy to say that all is not lost! Thanks in large part to the self-help readings I continue to engage in online, through my Spectrum Internet plans account.

Have a Taste of My Depression…

And, of course, through my once-a-week CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) sessions with a dedicated NYC clinical psychologist. A gem of a soul who actually gets me, and who knows what I have to deal with on a daily basis. A person who doesn’t dole out the least bit of judgment related to my condition. And a former depression-sufferer like me, who finishes my sentences! Honest, raw and authentic – a friend who brings me back from the edge every single time. Especially when I feel like an unproductive burden in this world, and wish for death to come and swiftly take me.

I know that these thoughts sound horrid, but I don’t believe in censuring my truth. I believe that the act of putting on a constant show for others’ amusement is a personal horror like no other. Especially when you feel absolutely dreadful on the inside – and totally unloved & uncared for.

Your Mental Issues Always Take a Toll on Your Physical Health

In my experience, I’ve found that one’s mental health issues don’t only remain concealed inside the mind. They demand a release – a request that can turn violent if you forcibly resist it too much. Or don’t know how to manage it properly.

It is for this reason that I, like many other sufferers of psychological illnesses, absolutely need to seek therapy. Along with a number of psychoactive drugs – like prescription-grade SSRIs and opioid medications. Otherwise, I would go berserk, and end-up harming myself more fiercely than the other people around me.

The Link between Chronic Anxiety and High Cortisol Levels

Chronic anxiety, which reveals itself in many different forms, is a horrible psychological disease. It is a paralyzing state of existence, which if left untreated, can leave you completely bedridden. I should know because my mind-numbing depression comes part ‘n’ parcel with it. And the worst thing that it does is that it leads to me having high blood cortisol levels.

Cortisol is the body’s natural ‘stress hormone’. In the short-term, it raises the heart rate and causes a glucose-diversion to the body’s physical action centers. Think the arms, legs, hands, and feet getting an extra burst of instant energy – all geared towards making it ready for a quick fight and flight response. This standard cortisol-action is normally coupled with increased adrenaline secretions.

Although this reflexive internal reaction proves absolutely crucial to a person’s safety in the short run, it can be devastating for health in a constantly ‘on’ state. This is what happens to a lifelong anxiety sufferer, who then has to deal with a number of inflammatory disease conditions. Diabetes, heart disease, body-wide arthritis, and all types of cancers are some of the conditions that soon come knocking thereafter!

In the interests of full disclosure (and if you haven’t already pitied me enough), you should know that I also suffer from at least two of these further illnesses.

It’s all sad – undoubtedly – but it is what it is…

Constant Stress, Social Dysfunction, and Physical Pain

You suffer from constant stress when who feel that you’re constantly on edge. And that’s how I would describe my psychological state on most hours of the day. And particularly when I haven’t smoked, ingested or rubbed some of my prescribed dosage of medical marijuana. I find that I need to take this further – especially when I have to deal with some pretty tough life situations.

I also need my cannabis treatment to relieve some of the chronic fibromyalgia pain I feel in my limbs and muscles – another physical effect of my depression. Don’t judge me. Oklahoma is among the states where medical marijuana is legal. So now, after researching online via my subscription to Spectrum Internet plans I know where to get it. This helps me to always be well stocked. With everything considered, I’d say that my poor psychological health has had an equally bothersome effect on my physical state as well. And I’d say that most people, in my situation, would share the same sentiment.

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