Understanding Mental Health
What is Mental Health?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as a state of well-being 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 her or his community.
The Truth About Stigma
Stigma is a serious barrier to mental health recovery and can affect people in many ways. It’s a barrier to seeking help, a barrier to recovery and it can also be something that prevents you from living your best life.
Stigma can prevent you from getting the support you need at home, work and school. Stigma keeps people from reaching out for help because they feel judged by others.
Stigma has been around for centuries but it's changing slowly thanks to research on mental health and advocacy efforts from organizations like NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The good news is that stigma does not define who we are – no matter how strong it feels or how long we've been experiencing it!
Understanding the Facts about Depression
Depression is a serious mental health issue that affects the way you feel, think and behave. It can be very difficult to get out of bed in the morning, to enjoy things that usually make you happy, or to deal with problems in your life. But depression is treatable and you can get better if you seek help for it.
There are different types of depression:
- Major depressive disorder (also called clinical or unipolar depression)
- Persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia)
- Bipolar disorder (sometimes known as manic-depressive illness)
When someone has major depression they may find themselves unable to do things they normally enjoy doing. They might have difficulty sleeping or eating properly. People with bipolar disorder often experience mood swings between periods of depression and periods when they feel high or euphoric (called mania). In most cases these feelings last only hours but sometimes last days or weeks at a time.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion. Everyone experiences it at some points in their lives, but for those with anxiety disorders, the feeling causes extreme distress and can interfere with everyday life. Anxiety can be caused by a number of things including genetics, past trauma or an underlying medical condition like hypothyroidism or adrenal fatigue.
One of the most common types of anxiety is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). A person suffering from GAD will often feel restless or overwhelmed by stressors in their daily life; they may have trouble sleeping because they're thinking too much about upcoming events or what they did the day before. The symptoms come on gradually over time—most people don't realize they have GAD until someone else points it out to them!
When you experience feelings like these frequently enough that they interfere with your daily life then it's time to seek help from a professional therapist who specializes in treating mental health conditions such as depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Things You Can Do to cope, Help, and Stay Healthy
- Get help from a professional. A therapist or counselor can be an excellent source of support, especially if you're going through a difficult time.
- Talk to a friend or family member. Having someone to talk to can help you get your feelings out and release some stress at the same time.
- Take time for yourself. This is important in any situation but even more so when you're feeling depressed or anxious—it's vital that you give yourself space and quiet so that your mind can process all the things going on in it right now. Try meditating, reading, going out into nature (either alone or with loved ones), exercising regularly—whatever works best for you! Remember: self-care isn't selfish; it's necessary!
- Get enough sleep and exercise regularly . Both are crucial components of maintaining mental health; getting enough rest gives our bodies time to repair themselves while staying active helps us stay focused throughout the day so that we're less likely to fall into destructive cycles like substance abuse or overeating."
Final Thoughts on Mental Health
Mental health is a crucial part of life that is often overlooked. It's important to remember that mental health is not something to be ashamed of and it's not a sign of weakness. If you're experiencing problems with your mental health, talk about them with your friends and family or seek professional help. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health—you deserve to feel good about yourself!
There are many things you can do to stay mentally healthy. Just reach out for help and stay positive.
Mental health is important, and there are many things you can do to stay mentally healthy. Just reach out for help and stay positive.
- Reach out for help: At times, we all need support from friends, family or professionals. If you feel like you're struggling with mental health issues or in crisis - please reach out to someone who can help. You don't have to go it alone – there are people who care about you and want to support you on the road to recovery.
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