Modern medicine has learned a great deal about how to treat mental conditions and physical conditions of the human body, and often, they are treated separately. However, research suggests that a person's bodily and mental discomfort are mutually interactive. Mental distress may lead to physical pain, and a bodily injury frequently leads to emotional stress. Here are some of the ways in which the two parts of the human body affect each other when one suffers harm.


There are many causes of headaches, some physical and others mental. But when a headache occurs for whatever reason as a physical symptom, there is a good chance that a mental or emotional cause or response will be present. For example, a looming deadline at work can cause mental pressure, which in turn may lead to a headache. Migraine headaches, on the other hand, may be hereditary and occur randomly. Expecting them along with the pain and physical discomfort that comes with them can cause someone to feel frustrated, stressed, sad, or even angry.

Skeletal Pain

Conflicts with another person are a common phenomenon that sometimes impact the body's bone structure, manifesting as back pain, neck stiffness, or jaw clenching. Although your emotions might seem completely detached from these parts of your body, the tension that you experience mentally can cause you to unconsciously tighten your stance and movements. This then leads to physical discomfort that many people fail to connect to their mental stress.

Stomach Disorders

Anxiety, worry, stress, and anger can upset a person so much that it affects their digestive process. They may be unable to eat, or if they do consume food, it might not sit well on an uneasy stomach. They may use the bathroom more often or less frequently as a result. People who are awaiting a serious medical diagnosis or anticipating a relationship breakup often have stomach jitters that can disrupt the way they eat, causing them to gain or lose weight.

Blood Pressure Shifts

Someone who becomes very sad or distressed, perhaps due to grief, may take to their bed and pine away for a time. In addition to changes to their appetite and energy, they may experience physical symptoms of reduced blood pressure if they remain inert for a few days. Conversely, someone who is deeply worried about finances or a major life change could experience a spike in blood pressure.

Be aware that when one part of your body is affected, the other parts may feel the impact and respond accordingly. Take care of your entire body when going through a difficult physical or mental phase to protect your overall health.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.