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There’s a lot of mental health symptoms that people avoid talking about because they are awkward and embarrassing. If you read here often enough, you know me and you know I’m going to talk about them haha.
1. Brain zaps
These are particularly worsened when you are on medication for mental illnesses but brain zaps don’t discriminate. It feels as if your head has experienced a sudden shake, tremor or zap. Some people describe the brain zaps symptoms as if the brain has been suddenly jolted by electricity or strong electric charge. You can also get these if you stop anti-depressants straight away and don’t ease off them.
I mean I don’t think I need to explain this one but it’s serious. I get it a lot with anxiety because I’m quite literally “shitting it” with nerves. It is true when they say mental illness doesn’t just affect the brain and it is an issue for your entire body.
3. Lack of Hygiene
I feel like everyone is seeing this and think, why? The reason is simple. When you struggle with mental health issues, namely depression, you struggle to do even the simplest of things. I once saw a tweet about someone wanting praise for having a shower but they know they’ll never get the said praise because it’s a normal thing humans do. It’s struggle to even get out of bed half the time so why would we be perfectly okay to have a wash?
4. Self depreciating humour
I do this a lot and a lot of people have a go at me for it. But it truly is a coping mechanism. I’d rather make fun of my own struggles than cry over them or even worse, listen to someone else rip into me for them. I never take the piss out of someone else’s struggles, it’s just my own!
Hives can literally be a sign of stress and anxiety for many people. Anxiety can make already established skin issues worse as well. Hives are itchy bumps on the body that can be triggered by stress. Anxiety causes a considerable amount of stress on the immune system, so those prone to hives are likely to get them.
Hypersexuality is defined as a dysfunctional preoccupation with sexual fantasy which is offten combined with the obsession of casual or non-intimate sex, porn, compulsive masturbation and romantic intensity. It’s an issue because people who especially go through personality disorders lose a sense of themselves and struggle with impulsive actions. Obviously this can be linked to absolutely no mental illness and may just be part of someone’s personality!
7. Tense muscles
I feel like muscle tension doesn’t need any defining but it can be such a struggle for anxiety sufferers. Anxiety muscle tension symptoms can affect literally any group of muscle and may randomly migrate to various muscles or groups of muscle throughout the entire body.
8. Sensitivity to sound
You may know this has misophonia. It’s a common phobia of people but a lot of people with anxiety also struggle with it (me hello). Some people find loud noises extremely uncomfortable or certain noises particularly annoying. I typically find small repetitive noises painful to hear, such as clicking or teeth chattering whilst cold or eating.