• Ashima Narula

Physiological Warning Signs for Mental Health

Feeling tired or excessively energetic, not able to focus or concentrate in the work, problem in sleeping or sleeping too much, numbness in the limbs or having frequent stomach pain. How frequent do you think these signs occur in our body? For some maybe it’s a matter of 5-6 times a year, maybe for some they occur 4-5 times in half of the year and for some maybe it is as frequent as 6-7 times in a month. Now how many of us think that these signs can be associate with any mental illness or can be signs and symptoms contributing to the upcoming mental illness.

Physiological warning signs for mental health

Human body is full of surprises and has its own way of warning us when something is not right with it. When we talk about mental illness it does not come just in one night or in a moment to go. It is easy for people to assume that mental illness is inevitable and invisible. And it’s true as well but partially. Mental illness in no shade of darkness have symptoms which are mostly covert and are not noticeable for the good part of the duration of suffering. But there are some common and amazing physical symptoms which can help the person in wrapping up the physically presented symptoms and know if they have any contribution in mental illness or not.

Let’s gain a little insight of these physiological symptoms.

  1. Tiredness- feeling extremely tired, not in the mood of getting out of the bed, feeling dizzy, no motivation to do anything without any apparent reason can be the sign of depression and stress.

  2. Restlessness or agitation- an unsettling feeling, not able to get comfortable, being agitated over irrelevant or trivial matters can be the cause of anxiety and stress.

  3. Sleep disturbance- facing difficulty in sleeping, uncomfortable in sleeping, not able to sleep or sleeping excessively are some of the common contributing factors for sleep disorder, depression, anxiety and stress.

  4. Poor immune system- fatigue, frequent infections, cold, flu, sore throat, allergies, injuries take long time to heal are some of the common symptoms that indicate the poor immune system. People suffering from depression, anxiety and stress generally develop the poor immune system.

  5. Headache- tension headache, cluster headache, migraines, hormone headache, caffeine headache, exertion headache, rebound headache, post-traumatic headaches are the common types of headache which can appear as a symptom in mental illness.

  6. Loss of sexual desire- People suffering from depression shows the loss of interest in sexual activities or less or no sexual desire.

  7. Hormonal imbalance- sleep disturbance, heavy-irregular and painful periods, indigestion (constipation and diarrhea), hot flashes and night sweats, frequent mood swings, persistent weight gain, depression, change in blood sugar level, irritability and anxiety, memory fog, are some of the early signs of hormonal imbalance which can create serious illness if left untreated.

  8. Stomach ache and gastrointestinal problems - chronic stomach ache, stomach ulcers, a sharp twist of pain in stomach can be the cause of stress. It can also contribute to irritable bowel moment syndrome which is one of the frequent problem occur in person suffering from stress.

  9. Disturbed eating pattern- have lost interest in food, not able to eat or eating excessively. Doing comfort eating is one of the symptoms shown by person suffering from stress while losing appetite is common for depression.

  10. Disturbance in psychomotor activities – feeling low on energy on a noticeable rate that is become obvious to you and others as well. Doing things on a much slower pace than the normal. Psychomotor retardation is very common in depression.

  11. Digestive problems- nausea, diarrhea, or constipation, irritable bowel movement syndrome, bladder issues are some of the very common symptoms occur during depression and anxiety.

  12. Memory and concentration- not being able to focus on project, long term working hours appear tiresome, too much focus results in pacing out, or zoning out are some of the common symptoms of stress and depression.

  13. Muscular pain- frequent pain in neck, back, upper and lower limbs, shoulder areas without any physiological explanation and exhausting ache in the body has significantly contributed in mental bugs of the body.

  14. Weight loss or weight gain- sudden weight loss or weight gain without any apparent reason is also implying to something wrong in your body. Both the case can be the cause of stress and depression.

Some of the common physiological symptoms like twitch and twinge feeling in the stomach, blood rushing vigorously through your veins, palpitation and alertness of the mind that appear at the stressful and hostile situation are necessary for the brain to get ready for the escape plan.

Physiological symptoms that persist for a longer time period can create both physiological and mental problems. Check out your physiological signs and symptoms that your body is giving to say good bye to those cunning mental bugs and stay healthy.

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