What is Mental Health?

Mental health refers to our emotional and psychological well-being. It affects how we think about and deal with challenges surrounding us. The way we perceive problems and act upon instincts shapes our destiny. Mental health reflects control over the mind; it’s all about how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Mental illnesses affect 19% of adults, 46% of teenagers, and 13% of children every year. You can never guess who is struggling with mental health; it could be someone in your family, the next-door neighbor, or a colleague who sits next to you at work.

Only about 50% of those affected by a grave mental illness seek professional help because of the societal stigma attached to it. Ignoring a mental illness can lead to more severe health problems, poor performance at school/work, family problems, and also increase the possibility of committing suicide.

Research is starting to show the complicated and perplexed causes of mental diseases, which may include mutated genes, brain damage, experiencing trauma, and suffering from other medical conditions like heart disease. At times, the behavior of the community with a particular person influences his/her peace of mind. If you find yourself in a similar situation, do not hesitate to get legal help.

Two most common mental health conditions:

Anxiety Disorders:

Above 18% of adults struggle with anxiety disorder triggered by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and several kinds of phobias.

Mood Disorders:

Mood disorders normally arise from depression and bipolar syndrome, which affects nearly 10% of adults every year.

All You Can Do to Help

Although general awareness regarding mental illness has improved over the past decade, we still have a long way to go. Many people do not understand their mental disorders and cannot access the much-needed help. A large part of the society is still not ready to accept mental health as a real medical condition, mostly due to media stereotypes and lack of education. The humiliation and disgrace associated with psychological instability stops many from sharing what they are going through. The stigma not only affects individuals seeking treatment, but also the resources available for proper treatment and management. Many certified medical professionals who work hard to heal mental illnesses of patients are mocked, and even labelled as ‘fake doctors’.

Here a few important things you can do to help:

  • Showing respect and acceptance eliminates a significant barrier to successfully dealing with the illness. Having people around you who treat you as a normal person rather than a nut case can make a huge difference. This shall boost the person morale and give them hope to overcome the inner battle.
  • Supporting within our circles of influence helps make sure these particular people have the same rights and opportunities, as other members of your church, workplace, school, and community.
  • Teach and Learn more about mental health to expand the circumference of support you can provide to those affected by it in the family and community. This way we shall become capable of understanding behavior of potential patients and play a significant role in speeding up their recovery.

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