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A list of surprising physical symptoms of mental illness put together by The Mighty mental health community.


Surprising Physical Symptoms of Mental Illness


“My body automatically tenses up no matter what I’m doing, even if it’s just lying down.”

“Horrible rashes on my neck, arms and legs that look like heat rash.”

“I know I’m getting run down with stress and making myself ill when I keep getting sore throats I can’t get rid of.”

“Whenever I have an anxiety attack, my eyes swell shut, my lips swell, as well as my hands and legs.”

“Uncontrollable sweating, especially at night. I regularly wake up soaking.”

“Yawning. When anxiety gets bad and is bordering on panic, I yawn a lot.”

“My inability to react to stimulus on any level. Even if it’s good news, it seems like I don’t care.”

“Grinding my teeth so much, my teeth hurt daily.”

“Severe twitches. Especially in the hands, arms, head and neck.”

“My eyes can’t focus ‘normally.’ They will look at lights or odd things like the wispy bits of hair above someone’s head and not on their eyes, for example.”


“My mind is full of things I need to do or should do, but physically, my body just can’t do it.”

Originally published: November 22, 2017
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