People who have experienced mental illness can have compromised physical health for a number of reasons. They are less likely to receive appropriate health care compared with those without mental illness, and it is an indictment of our mental health care system that people who have been involved with mental health services have often had their physical health needs overlooked. Furthermore, behavioral factors such as smoking, harmful alcohol, and other drug use, obesity, poor diet, inadequate living situations (such as homelessness), and poor self-care as a consequence of illness symptoms, can make people with mental illness vulnerable to physical health problems. If you feel the following symptoms you need to find the local psychiatrist near you. Feeling sad or down. Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate. Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt. Extreme mood changes of highs and lows. Withdrawal from friends and activities. Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.
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