Mental Health and Physical Health Aren’t Separate Concepts

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Mental Health and Physical Health Aren’t Separate Concepts

Mental Health and Physical Health Aren’t Separate ConceptsIt’s interesting that in the world of health care there’s a distinction between mental illness and physical illness. Sure, there are reasons for the development of the segregation of mental health and physical health, but in reality, our mental and our physical aspects aren’t separate entities. (Pain of Depression: Physical Symptoms of Depression) The brain is very much a physical part of the body. When problems occur at the neurochemical level of the brain, any one of a variety of mental illnesses may develop; by nature, it’s also a physical illness of the brain.

The “mental” part of mental health challenges refers to the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are affected by any mental illness. The illness, though, is not just mental but physical. The brain is physical, yes. Further, all mental illnesses include physical symptoms, pain or illness anywhere in the body. Every system in the body can hurt because of a mental illness. If you’re experiencing physical illness, of course it’s best to have a doctor check out your symptoms.

Keep in mind that mental health and physical health aren’t completely separate concepts. When we attend to any illness, physical and mental, and tend to every aspect of it, we can regain complete wellness.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question:  What, specifically, have you experienced that points to the connection between mental health and physical health? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. The Challenges Behind Loving an Alcoholic Personality
  2. ECT May Have Changed My Life
  3. Treatment Differences Between Bipolar Depression and Depression

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Depressed Females Have Over-Active Glutamate Receptor Gene
  • Study Finds Autism, ADHD Run High In Children Of Chemically Intolerant Mothers
  • Parents' Preconception Exposure To Environmental Stressors Can Disrupt Early Development
  • Frequent Travel Is Damaging To Health And Wellbeing, According To New Study
  • Picky Eating Linked To Underlying Psychological Problems In Children
  • SSRI Use During Pregnancy Lowers Risk Of Premature Birth
  • 'Brain Training' App Could Improve Lives Of People With Schizophrenia

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APA Reference
(2015, August 4). Mental Health and Physical Health Aren’t Separate Concepts, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 19 from

Last Updated: August 5, 2015

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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