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Connection Between Mental and Physical Health

by Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president and chief operating officer, INTEGRIS Mental Health and James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit

The mind and body are connected and are operating at all times, so your mental health can have a serious impact on your physical state. Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president of INTEGRIS Mental Health, examines the importance of treating both physical and mental issues simultaneously.
I'm Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president of INTEGRIS Mental Health. I'd like to talk about the relationship between your mental health and your physical diseases, both in health and disease. The mind and the body are connected and are operating at all times. So if one develops, say mental illness, the chance of having heart disease is higher. For example, depression is one of the most common disorders in about 10 to 12 percent of the population, and an individual with depression that's untreated, that's been severe and chronic, they have four times more likelihood of developing heart disease and having a heart attack. Similarly, following a heart attack, at least half of the people develop depression. So treating both diseases concurrently is very important to have the best outcomes for your health. Anxiety disorders like panic disorder, severe anxiety, stress has an impact on your heart, has an impact on your immunity, has an impact on your sleep, which in turn, could contribute to problems like overeating carbohydrates, weight gain and hormone imbalance and immune system imbalance. So you can see the connection between the mind and they body operating both in health and disease all the time, and you want to seek treatment to get the best outcome for having the best life. Thank you.

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