Mental health disorders are extremely prevalent and have a direct impact on the way millions of people go about their daily routines. While society acknowledges the mental effects of these disorders, physical symptoms often go unnoticed.
Physical Symptoms Of Mental Disorders
PJ Palits is an artist and Twitter user who shed light on this issue through a thread of tweets. He suffers from multiple mental health disorders. Palits’ thread explains that his mental health disorders result in physical symptoms that can be just as hard to recognize as the mental ones.
He is always exhausted, and it’s very difficult for him to get to sleep. In addition to dealing with the symptoms, he also faces family and friends who question him about why he’s always tired.
Like A Damaged Battery
Palits compares resting with a chronic mental illness to being like trying to recharge a broken battery. While a broken battery can retain a minimal amount of energy, the charging process is highly inefficient and the battery is never full.
Mental health disorders make relaxing and even sleeping arduous tasks. Many mental illnesses include both physical and mental hyperactivity. Some disorders can also cause haunting lucid dreams. All of these factors make a good night’s sleep a mere dream for people with mental health disorders.
Harsh Societal Critics
Modern society praises the ability to “rise and grind.” Whether it’s at work or at school, people are expected to show up ready to push their limits. A person suffering from mental health disorder induced sleep deprivation or memory delays physically cannot meet these standards.
As society continues to decrease stigma and increase acceptance of mental health problems, it’s imperative that the physical symptoms of mental health are treated with just as much validity as the mental ones.