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Physical Symptoms of Mental Illness

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When we think of mental illnesses, we think of something that we can’t see and is just located in the brain, and this isn’t always true. For many people their mental illness can manifest physically at times. Over the past few weeks, we have looked at how external factors can impact our mental health but what about our mental health impacting our physical health?

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Stress and Mental Health

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It’s the season for stress, ask anyone and they will be stressed about something whether that is work, family stuff or general end of year stuff they will be stressed in some area of their life. But what is stress? Is it the same as anxiety? And how can we prevent it?

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Understanding Self-Harm

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When we think of self-harm, we think of scars up and down someone’s arms, people wearing long sleeves even in the middle of Summer and someone who is visibly depressed and moody. Self-harm isn’t a mental illness, but it can be a side effect. A person with a mental illness is more likely to self-harm than those who don’t have a mental illness, but someone may still choose to do self-harm if they have experienced trauma, abuse or a major negative life event.

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Drugs and Mental Illness

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Following on from last weeks article we will be looking at drug use and mental illness and whether drugs can cause mental illness, contribute to mental illness and why some people may be genetically vulnerable to drug induced psychosis.

There are various reasons why people use drugs: to have a good time and relax, to get that high that nothing else can give them, their friends are using them and they decide to try them, to self medicate and sometimes just because they can. 

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Alcohol and Mental Health

Posted by Erin Fischer on

It seems like everything can have an impact on your mental health so over the coming weeks we are going to look at various factors that can have an impact on your mental health including drugs, sleep, diet, gut health and exercise. To start we we will be starting with alcohol, this follows on from last week's post looking at whether drinking has increased due to the pandemic. 

It is currently estimated that in 2020 approximately 66.4% of the adult population drink alcohol in an average 4 weeks. This is actually dropping from 73.5% in 2006 and 68.2% in 2015. Despite this alcohol is the most common drug treated in AOD (alcohol and other drugs) treatment centers. With 1 in 5 adults dealing with a mental illness there is bound to be some overlap with people drinking to manage their mental illness. 

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