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Tuesday, May 21, 2013


"Mental health is described as a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder. From the perspective of 'positive psychology' - mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience."  

Mental health can be defined as an expression of emotions, and as signifying a successful adaptation to a range of demands.

"When there are Behavioral and Emotional Problems"

Today, there are many good reasons for hope for people who suffer from emotional disorders and mental illness. For example, there are new, clearer ways of diagnosing them as well as working with various methods to help clients feel better. Even for severe mental illness there are new treatments and combinations of treatments that bring better results.

The stigma against emotional disorders and mental illness is lessening. Recent studies show that an estimated 15% of Americans suffer from emotional disorder or mental illness. Just as a recent public opinion survey of American showed that approximately 14% of us recognize either that we or someone we know has a mental illness. Today, celebrities talk openly about their experiences of mental illness, including alcoholism and drug use.

Another factor that helps diminish stigma against persons with mental illness is the growing evidence of an organic, or physical, basis for these disorders. They are not just "all in your mind." Schizophrenia, depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders run in families in some cases, like hypertension and diabetes, and treatment may require both medication and lifestyle changes.

In general, if you are able to cope with your life during periods of emotional stress, you can call yourself mentally healthy. If you lose that ability you are ill, at least to some extent. The information on this blog article is intended to help you recognize some warning signs of the common mental disorders, not only yourself but also in others. Current ideas about the causes of emotional problems include environmental factors, chemical imbalances in the brain, or both.

Some people are overwhelmed by minor crises such as marital arguments or job. Others retain their balance in much more difficult circumstances. Such as mental health is not necessarily inborn. You can cultivate it in yourself and thus stand a better chance of coping well in life.cancel

When Thinking About Mental disorders

  • The chemistry in the brain plays and port part of mental disorders. The changes in behavior that you see in people with mental disorders may be the result of long-standing emotional problems. Medication may be used along with psychotherapy in treating disorders. But most cases of mental disorders such as antic depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia are thought to be a mixture of biological and emotional factors. Some people irritate easily, are oversensitive, and may lack energy. When under stress, such people may become unduly depressed or anxious. Most of us have swings in mood from elation and energy to the lethargy and withdrawal to some extent. Under stress, some people may become Bipolar (manic depressive). Most people, however overcome these effects and cope with emotional problems by themselves or with the help of psychotherapy. If you feel that you have emotional or behavioral changes right now please consult with your family physician or other mental health professional. This necessarily does not mean that you are on the verge of mental illness.
  • it is estimated that 30 to 60% of most physicians' patients console there physicians mainly because of an emotional problem. The physical disorders of many others are related to psychological stress. Many people who consult a physician are either anxious and temporarily in need of help or have what can be physical symptoms of emotional problems, including palpitations or indigestion.
  • When your physician feels that your problems are mainly of emotional origin, you may be referred to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. But it is sometimes difficult to determine whether symptoms are the result of physical or mental illness, or both. If you or a family member have symptoms that you suspect might be totally or even partly caused by emotional difficulties, be sure to tell your family physician. 
  • It is only when people who lose touch with reality and behave in bizarre and perhaps life-threatening ways that they can be considered psychotic rather than neurotic. People with psychosis may require initial treatment in the hospital setting, where they are less likely to harm themselves or others.

In order to maintain and strengthen your mental and emotional health, it’s important to pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Don’t let stress and negative emotions build up inside. Try to maintain a balance between your daily responsibilities and the things you enjoy. If you take care of yourself, you’ll be better prepared to deal with life's challenges if and when they arise. ~ Dr. Neal Houston, Sociologist