Mental Health

What Is Mental Health?

That depends who you ask. A few months ago, in an attempt to quickly fill my blog with content, I cut a few corners in writing the content of my blog. In the case of defining mental health, I simply visited http://www.mentalhealth.gov and copied and pasted the definition of “mental health” here. In reviewing the content of my blog, however, and in an effort to have a site that represents my best work as an art therapist, a content writer and overall creative individual, I determined that the ‘official’ definition of the term did not fully encompass all of what I believe should be addressed with regard to an individual’s psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being.

To have a better understanding of the overall concept of “mental health”, the stigma toward mental health-related topics as well as the mental health profession as a whole needs to be explored. For purposes of my own personal clarity, however I will loosely define my own, personal understanding of the concept of “mental health“.

Note: This will continue to be updated.

The rest of the content on this page is a cut & paste from mentalhealth.gov:

“Mental health is a term used to describe emotional, psychological, and social well-being. The components of mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Unfortunately, there is a huge stigma attached to the concept of “mental health” in and of itself. So, to state that someone has “mental health problems” is, in my opinion, a misnomer and misrepresentation of the larger issue at hand; The disconnect we have with our selves and others as a result of the way we live and the way we view life. The troubles we face as spiritual beings in physical embodiment on a giant rock floating in space.

Mental health issues are incredibly common and, if severe, please know that help is available. People with mental health can get better and many recover completely.

Early Warning Signs

Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

Learn more about specific mental health problems and where to find help.

Mental Health and Wellness

Positive mental health allows people to:

  • Realize their full potential
  • Cope with the stresses of life
  • Work productively
  • Make meaningful contributions to their communities

Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

  • Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills

Learn More About Mental Health

This material was retrieved February 7, 2015 from: http://www.mentalhealth.gov

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ll browse some more today, I ran out of time yesterday 🙂

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  2. Thank you for reading and for the comment 🙂

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  3. I love reading about mental health related subjects, don’t you know! This is a great post, and mental health is definitely something more people should have more knowledge off. I’m not a psychologist or therapist by any means but I still want to be educated about mental health and what to do if someone I know is effected. Great post!

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