Mental and physical health: a contrast or a simile

saleh By saleh, 29th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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this essay is an argumentative type of essay and my content closely follows the intricate designs that connect these two principles.

how are they related

The mind and the body are actually a single system. In western cultures, the mind is somewhere in the head and that everything else is body. This dualism can be traced back to Descartes and his writings. This dualism can even be seen in the way health insurance is treated in the United States. Most insurance policies provide much better coverage for "physical" disorders than they do for "mental" disorders. No such dualism ever existed in eastern cultures, and the mind and body are seen as intricately connected and unified.

For instance, researchers at Bangor University in Wales found performance of a mentally fatiguing task prior to a difficult exercise test caused participants to reach exhaustion more quickly than when they did the same exercise when mentally rested. So “resting up” and finding a peaceful mindfulness before a big day of physical activity is likely going to help you feel better and last longer during the day. Also, uncontrolled anger can lead to heart problems. People with problems coping with their anger or aggravation were found to be at ten times heightened risk for future heart arrhythmias than those without such anger problems etc. A study in the US has highlighted that structured physical assessments of patients with schizophrenia are effective in revealing physical illness.

I think the biggest point is that mental and physical health are not separate things. One ALWAYS affects the other. "We now have evidence to support the claim that exercise is related to positive mental health as indicated by relief in symptoms of depression and anxiety." (Daniel M. Landers, research paper)

Simply speaking, mental health parity states that psychological conditions must be treated equivalently to physical illnesses. Traditionally, insurance companies have radically limited mental health benefits. A common practice has been to limit the insured to three or six therapist visits per year. Other insurance companies have assigned separate deductibles to mental health treatment. Some insurers simply refused to cover mental illnesses at all. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 was a major victory for Obama (who was a Senator at the time) and supporters everywhere of fair mental health coverage. Attached to the federal bailout bill, the Act passed with very little fanfare. The Act, which officially went into effect on January 1, 2010, requires group health plans that cover 50 or more employees and offer both medical and mental health benefits.

Personally, I don’t think there are no counter affects of creating mental health parity. As discussed above, mind and body are closely intertwined. Hence, without proper medication of mental health, physical health is automatically affected. Such measures produce fruitful results both for an individual and the country. As a healthy mind and a physically fit body are apt to provide best results.


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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS SERIES 2, NUMBER 12, OF THE PCPFS RESEARCH DIGEST. Arizona University, USA.

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Mental Health, Physical Health

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
1st Jul 2012 (#)

Very high thinking article. Thanks.

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author avatar saleh
1st Jul 2012 (#)

glad to know your opinion :)

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