Is Mental Health Illness Or Well Being?

on Thursday, 11 April 2013

What will your mind conjure up once you see the words 'mental health'? Yes, the phrase will reek with all sorts of connotations doesn't it!

When you think that of the phrase Mental Health..... is it about

  •     Folks who are strange or not traditional.
  •     Mental illness is a stigma or label to be avoided or kept quiet regarding
  •     Referring to issues of incapacity of the mind and behavior
  •     A term that is a label to describe insanity, madness, weird individuals
  •     Pathologies like depression, schizophrenia.
  •     Or even the Mental Health department in your State's Health Department?

The World Health Organization defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own skills, can address the traditional stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is ready to make a contribution to his or her community."

Not the first issue that comes into several people's minds with that phrase is it?

Part of the problem is the actual term 'mental health' - it conjures up pictures of illness, however the word health is the alternative of illness - if we have a tendency to have health, we have wellness, not illness.

Formally, it's a term used to describe either a level of cognitive or emotional well-being or an absence of a mental disorder. From views of the discipline of positive psychology or holism mental health might embody a private's ability to enjoy life and procure a balance between life activities and efforts to attain psychological resilience.

The problem lies within the term itself - it's not accurately descriptive of what it means
Therefore perhaps mental wellbeing or wellness is a lot of to the point when encouraging or doing one thing positive concerning your own inner health.

Mental good health will additionally be defined as an absence of a significant mental condition (for example, one in every of the diagnoses within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, IV) though recent evidence stemming from positive psychology suggests mental health is a lot of than the mere absence of a mental disorder or illness. Therefore the impact of social, cultural, physical and education will all affect somebody's mental health.

We live in a very society that takes nice care of physical health or well being/wellness - look at the tremendous technological, pharmaceutical and analysis advances occurring every day.

Take into account all the resources for physical health we have a tendency to have put before us constantly - weight loss programs and diets, gyms and exercise programs, fitness activities, sports, obesity issues, nutritional supplements and so on.

Nonetheless where is that the equivalent education and push for mental well being? We readily take steps to confirm we avoid infections, injury and organic conditions (e.g. heart) - nonetheless what do we have a tendency to do to avoid negative effects on our mental wellness?

So do you're thinking that of your own inner health because it were? And take care of it?

This is critically vital when you think about that depression and anxiety affect therefore many, let alone a lot of serious mental illness diagnoses.

In families, do we have a tendency to put as abundant acutely aware concentrate on mental well being as we tend to do on physical health. Many apprehend tons about smart physical well being activities, but are we as informed regarding sensible mental health equivalents as we raise and teach our youngsters.

And, what State doesn't have below-funded mental health department?

We have a tendency to have lost the concept of an holistic approach to our bodies, lives and society. We too readily compartmentalize - and place mental health into the too exhausting basket or merely neglect it.

We have a tendency to have 'abnormalized' mental health, instead of seeing it as vital to our well being and a traditional part of life - even if somebody suffers from a mental illness.

Individuals who suffer adverse mental well being conditions are still 'normal' folks - simply as an injured person is 'traditional, or just as a deaf person is normal.

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