Physical health problems and mental illness can occur together in a number of ways:
When you have a physical illness and a mental illness, it can be much harder to cope. Being sick can impact every area of your life. It can change how you think and feel about yourself and your relationships. It may affect your ability to work and enjoy life.
It's possible that your mental illness and health problems aren't related. If you have PTSD and also get sick, this doesn't always mean PTSD is the cause of your sickness.
Getting the right treatments for PTSD and other health conditions is the best thing you can do. Talk with your doctor and your family about how you can cope with your health problems.
For more information, see the topic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder|
|Last Revised||January 13, 2011|
Last Revised: January 13, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
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