Do you know someone who suffers from a mental health illness?
With an estimated 1 in 4 North Americans living with a mental health issue, chances are you know a few!
Does this high prevalence rate surprise you?
Many people are embarrassed to admit to their mental health problems, and prefer to be as secretive about the issue as possible.
Many people with mental health problems feel the sting of the stigma which suggests that those with imperfect minds are weaker than the rest of society. This is not the case! A mental health issue is not the fault of the one who it affects.
The owner of a malfunctioning mind is no more at fault for their health problem than someone with a physical health issue like diabetes!
Many mental health problems are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, or passed down through genetics.
If left untreated, many mental health issues can spiral out of control and cause devastating consequences on those directly affected – as well as their friends and families.
Mental health issues are typically treated by one of the following methods:
· Cognitive therapy – which restructures the way in which one thinks
· Counselling – which helps the patient through the emotions associated with a mental health issue
· Medications – which attempt to rebalance the chemicals in the brain
How Can You Prevent Mental Health Issues In Your Own Body?
The easiest way to keep your mind healthy is to keep
your body healthy. You can keep your mind functioning at its
optimal strength by living a healthy life style.
· Exercise regularly
· Eat properly
· Keep your immune system strong with vitamins.
For more information on how mental health affects physical health, check out our “Mental and Physical Health” page.
It’s important to stay educated on the potential problems associated with mental health. Mental illnesses change at least one of the following: one’s thoughts, one’s mood, or one’s behaviour. An issue becomes a diagnosable mental health issue once it has affected the patient over a long period of time. In many cases the illness will be linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain.
Keep in mind that everyone experiences sadness, frustration, anger, and loneliness at some points. Just because you are experiencing one of the emotions associated with a mental illness doesn’t automatically mean you have one.
But depending to the extent to which it affects you, it could be a good indication.
Take steps to educate yourself now.
Take steps to protect your mind today.
Do you understand mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disease?
Do you know what schizophrenia really is?
Do you have an accurate view of personality disorders?
What is an eating disorder at its root?
Learn more to respect the quarter of our population who lives with a mental health issue. Learn more to eliminate the ridiculous stigma which still surrounds mental illness in our all-too stress-ridden society. Learn more to protect your mind and the minds of your loved ones.
A healthy body starts with a healthy mind.