Mental health is the emotional, psychological, social well-being. It 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 live, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
|Realize full potential||Low self-esteem|
|Able to overcome stressors of life||Not able to overcome life stressors adequately|
|Work productively||Distrustful of others and themselves|
|Make positive contributions to their community||Difficulty maintaining relationships|
There are many causes that may trigger mental illnesses. Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse, biological factors, such as genes or chemical imbalances in your brain, and family history of mental health problems are possible causes that can bring distress in a person’s life.
Types of mental illness, but are not limited to:
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Eating disorders
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD)
- Psychotic disorders
- Substance abuse disorders
- Co-occurring mental/substance abuse disorders
- Personality disorders
- Suicidal behavior
Symptoms, but are not limited to:
- Loss of motivation
- Constant fighting
- Changes in appetite
- Mood swings
If you or anyone you know is going through a difficult time, it is very crucial to take care of one’s health and sustain strong ties with the community. Seeking counseling and/or therapy can provide a pathway to resolve their issue. Talking to someone who is willing to listen can provide encouragement to progress in life.