3 thoughts on “How Your Lifestyle Impacts Your Mental Health

  • November 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    You make a very important point that I talk about all the time. We cannot have a healthy mind without a healthy body…it’s all connected…

    It’s hard to understand why the importance and primacy of exercise, diet and other healthy lifestyle choices is so often overlooked and/or buried in the treatment and care of those who suffer from mental distress. It is nothing short of criminal to not make exercise and diet one of the first things that is tended to when people are suffering from that which is most often treated in psychiatry.

    What is worse, since psychiatric drugs make people sluggish and most often gain weight as well (some drugs cause a ravenous hunger in some people), once the patients are drugged into a stupor and become fat, professionals often shame people on the drugs blaming them even while the professionals are the ones prescribing the offending substances. they then insist that all the patient needs to do is exercise. This is the height of hypocrisy, since if exercise had been prescribed BEFORE the drugs they might actually be able to do it! Now, after the drugs, it’s not all that likely that one can sustain an exercise program.

    Insisting people exercise and then shaming them when they do not, when they are drugged into a stupor doesn’t work, and that is what I saw perpetrated again and again when I worked with that population (I was a social worker).

    When we start offering alternatives to medications that seriously and deeply harm the bodies of people (and yes, their minds too!!) then we can more realistically hope to engage them in other healthy pursuits.

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  • November 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Regular exercise has always been noticeably beneficial to my son, who has obsessive compulsive disorder…….I just wish he would stick with it more.. but at least he knows how it can help him….and there are no “side-effects!”

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  • November 29, 2011 at 9:48 am

    You have given a much needed flip to role of a healthy lifestyle in preventing physical & mental diseases.If only people took good care of their mind & body while they enjoy good health there would be fewer disappointments.

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