With Covid-19 and with everything else that is happening around the world, many people are out of their normal routine. There are millions of individuals who are either reduced income or out of a job completely. Millions of people are going through anxiety and depression. Life is not what it once was. That being said it is extremely important to identify how you are feeling and pinpoint what is the root cause of you feeling the way that you are feeling. How do you get out of your current mental state?
Mental health is an integral and essential component of health. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. An important implication of this definition is that mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or illness. Mental health and mental illness are not the same thing. You might hear these terms more often. You might wonder what they mean or have questions: What’s the difference between mental health and mental illness? Is feeling sad or unhappy a sign of mental illness? How can I look after my mental health? These are good questions to ask. Talking about mental health and mental illness is one way to lessen the shame some people feel because of stigma. Having an understanding about these subjects can help you have courageous conversations that show people no one needs to experience challenges alone.
Identifying Mental Health
Everyone has mental health. It is the state of your mind, feelings and emotions. Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to their community.
When we have good mental health, we are resilient, can handle life’s challenges and stresses, have meaningful relationships and make sound decisions. Being mentally healthy, like being physically healthy, is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood and old age. Being mentally healthy is influenced by life experiences, relationships with others, physical health and one’s environment. Just as people may experience physical problems over the course of their lives, they may also experience emotional or mental health problems that affect their thinking, mood and behaviors. This does not necessarily mean that a person who is going through a difficult time and is experiencing poor mental health has a mental illness. Feeling miserable and socially isolated are red flags that one’s mental health needs attention.
Improving Your Mental Health
The benefits of improving one’s mental health are well worth the effort. Being mentally healthy helps you feel confident in your worth and abilities, accept your strengths and weaknesses, set realistic goals and create a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. Emotional health and mental health are closely intertwined, and both can positively or negatively impact physical health as well.
What Is Mental Illness?
Mental Illness is a health condition that involves changes in emotion, thinking, or behavior or a combination of these. Having some kind of mental health problem during your life is really common. For people who have mental illnesses, their brains have changed in a way in which they are unable to think, feel, or act in ways they want to. For some, this means experiencing extreme and unexpected changes in mood – like feeling more sad or worried than normal. For others, it means not being able to think clearly, not being able to communicate with someone who is talking to them, or having bizarre thoughts to help explain weird feelings they are having.
Identifying The Difference
Mental illness is different to mental health. Mental illness includes a range of conditions for which there are standard criteria used to diagnose them, such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorders. There are many different kinds of mental illness including: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia. Experiencing any of these illnesses can be very challenging, but mental illnesses can be treated. Mental illnesses usually start in adolescence or young adulthood and involve changes in behaviour, mood or thinking. Symptoms can vary. Generally, a person will experience significant distress or an inability to function over an extended time. Anyone can develop a mental illness. Some risk factors that increase this chance are: Family history of mental illness, unresolved traumatic or abusive childhood experiences, stressful life events, such as a loved one’s death, financial problems or divorce, environmental influences on a fetus, such as exposure to drugs or alcohol and social, economic or educational status.
Do not be scared to speak to a therapist or your primary care physician to see what your options are in getting help. Seeking treatment is important when you know that you may have or already do have a mental illness. You can also seek professional help on how to get your mental health right. What are your options. You can “diy” train your mental health into getting back on track by reading self help books, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts or even writing in your journal. Channeling your inner feelings helps release stress and anxiety.With the right treatment, people can and do recover from mental illness.
Influences On Seeking Treatment
Friends and family members can be important influences to help someone get the treatment and services they need. Primary care physicians can refer individuals to psychiatrists and other professionals who specialize in mental health treatment. Treating a physical illness might require medications and physical therapy, and treating a mental illness might also require medications and different therapies. For many people, the first step is to recognize there is a problem and be willing to accept help.
It’s helpful to think of mental health and mental illness as separate entities working independently. You can have good mental health but be living with a diagnosed mental illness that is being treated successfully. Or you can have poor mental health but not have a mental illness. Health isn’t like an on/off switch. There are different degrees of health. People move on a continuum ranging from great or good health to so-so health to poor health to illness or disability. For example, some people have good health and have no problems going about their lives. Some people experience serious health problems, and their poor health has a very negative impact on their life. Some people have serious health problems that last for a long time, and others have serious health problems that resolve very quickly. Many people fall somewhere in the middle; they’re generally in good health, though the occasional problem may come up. Mental health is the same way.
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