What is Mental Health?

Studies show that 1 in every five people suffer from mental health illness. Your mental health is an essential aspect of your daily life. It affects how you live, and your relationships with friends, family, and strangers.

The Wolrd Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” A mentally healthy individual is not one who lives a life free of problems. A mentally healthy person is one who’s able to realize their abilities, is productive, and can make a positive impact in the society. So, mental

What is the importance of mental health? Well, it is a crucial aspect of our thought process, interaction, and earning ability. But most importantly, mental health determines how you enjoy our lives; a mentally healthy person lives a happier life. A mentally healthy person functions at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment, meaning they react to and cope with situations in the best way possible.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness is a condition/disease that affects how you think and/or behaves and affects how you cope with life’s ordinary demands.

How do mental health problems arise?

Stress, depression, anxiety, sadness, relationship issues, suicidal thoughts, addiction, and grief are some of the leading causes of mental health disorders. Mental health disorders are dangerous because they render individuals incapable of coping with life’s ordinary demands and routines.

What are some of the contributors to mental health disorders?

They range from stressful work conditions, physical ill-health, gender discrimination, and an unhealthy lifestyle, to mention a few.

Why is Mental Health Important?

It’s human nature to want the best out of life. You want a happy, successful, and fulfilling life. You want to be more productive at work and/or school and have the best relationship with your family and friends. And being healthy emotionally aids productivity at work and in school, helps one maintain healthy relationships, adapt to life changes, and cope with adversity.

What Should I Look Out For?

The stigma against mental health is slowly fading. More people, including celebrities, are opening up and sharing their ordeals. Mental illness can adversely impact you and the people around you. How can you diagnose mental illness? The truth is, each mental disorder has its own set of signs and symptoms. However, there are some early warning signs one can look out for like;

  • Severe mood swings
  • The urge to harm oneself
  • Finding it hard to undertake your routine daily tasks
  • Reduced energy
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • When seeking solace results in increased alcohol and drugs intake

When Should I Reach Out For Help?

Immediately you feel that something is amiss, you should seek help immediately. First, talk to people close to you or your confidant. Someone you trust and who you know wants the best for you. You just need someone to listen and offer words of encouragement. Then get an appointment with a therapist. Do not buy anti-depressants off the counter. Though medicines may work, they mostly offer short-term fixes. Therapy sessions are cost-effective, long-term solution fixes.

 

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