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?
In 2020 Covid hit our shores with it bringing lockdowns, isolation, panic buying, masks, fear and uncertainty. It also brought a time for the world to heal, with it giving scientists a once in a lifetime opportunity to observe what happens when you take humans out of the world and see animals reclaim what was once theirs.
David Attenborough was barely able to contain his excitement in his documentary The Year Earth Changed looked in-depth at the positive impact Covid had on the world due to all the lockdowns and reduced travel.
Imagine this you are in the doctor’s office wanting treatment for your mental illness and they suggest that there’s this new treatment on the market that’s showing great response and doesn’t require you taking a pill once a day. You’re curious about it and it’s then that they mention it’s it called psilocybin or magic mushrooms, you give it a go and to your surprise it works. While this may seem, farfetched this could be a reality in the not to distance future. With the Australian government recently investing $15 million in grants to research this.
We’ve all heard of panic attacks and with it being estimated that 35% will experience a panic attack at some point in their lives they are quite common. However, they are something that isn’t talked about, and many people brush them off as a once off occurrence but for many people they can be deliberating and something you subconsciously spend your life around avoiding.
Trust your gut, listen to your gut and what’s your gut feeling about this. Are all sayings that make no sense when you think about it. I mean what kind of impact can the gut have on our thoughts and feelings? Well, a lot more than we realised with it being said that our digestive system is our second brain and can impact us more than we first thought. But how does our gut health impact our brain and can improving our gut health help our mental health?