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Here are 3 ways your mental health is affected by your physical health, and vice versa.
Mental health is incredibly closely linked with our physical health and physical illness. In this video interview, psychologist and expert in health psychology Dr. Ramani Durvasula breaks down 3 ways your mental health is affected by your physical health, and vice versa.
In this discussion, Dr. Ramani and MedCircle host Kyle Kittleson also answer these questions:
What is health psychology and what is the connection between mental health and physical health?
Which health behaviors (like sleep, exercise, and diet) affect mental health issues like depression, stress, anxiety and more?
How do mental health and issues with stress impact chronic pain and migraines?
What does Dr. Ramani do to temper her stress?
How can healthy behaviors transform your physical health?
What’s the most important thing people can do to improve their mental health and physical health?
What are some misconceptions about the relationships between mental health and physical health?
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Mental health conditions hurt someone’s day-to-day functioning. However, more often than not, they can have major consequences on our physical health—and vice versa.
According to clinical psychologist, Dr. Ramani Durvasula, there is no bodily system that is insulated from our psychological health.
There is a relatively new field dedicated to providing real, effective solutions for this deep and undeniable relationship. Health psychology (also known as behavioral psychology) is a discipline in which we look at the reciprocal effects that physical health and mental health have on each other.
It’s an area of psychology that allows us to become much better-informed on some of the most critical issues and health crises of our time. It also provides coping and wellness strategies that go well beyond simple “self-care” tips.
It includes the impact of stress, preventative health, pain management, adherence to medication, and even risky health behaviors like alcohol use, drug use, poor diet, and sedentary lifestyle. This series sheds light on the key physical and behavioral impacts of mental health issues that lead to illness, and on the flip side, the health behaviors that may increase the risk of developing a mental health condition.
Dr. Ramani also walks through how to cope with the stress and other mental health impacts of physical, chronic ailments like diabetes, asthma, migraines, and more.
This understanding is an incredibly important tool as we think about healthcare in the 21st century. By integrating physical and mental healthcare, providers can take care of the whole patient—and not just when they’re sick, but in a way that ensures the enhancement of health and wellness at every stage of life.