MENTAL HEALTH IS REAL
Our society has misconceptions when it comes to mental health. Popular notions are often negative that give most people the wrong impression. These myths have cast a shadow about mental health that made discussion about it awkward or misguided. Fortunately, the public’s outlook is currently shifting, and we are becoming more open and hence, more informed of the facts about mental health.
Myths about mental health can possibly be harmful to those suffering from mental illnesses; thus, it is important that we educate ourselves and identify fact from fiction. Below are some of the common myths about mental health.
- Medication or treatment for mental illness is either scary or harmful. The past techniques of curing or treating mental illness still lacked reason and research hence they were aggressive and disrupting. Thankfully, with further study and advancement in technology, new treatments were discovered that are more effective and less stressful to the patient. Unsafe methods are banned, and prescription medication is adjustable to better suit the specific needs of each patient. At present, the combination of medication and mental health therapy methods are employed that are aimed at giving both relief and hope to mental health patients today.
Myths on mental health can be harmful to those suffering from mental illnesses and may hinder their recovery.
THE FACTORS AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Mental health is a complex subject that is not only isolated as the condition of a person’s mind. It is about the harmony of our emotional, psychological, and social wellness. It’s not all in the mind, it is also about how we feel and act. So, when people have problems with their mental health, the mind, mood, and behavior may be burdened.
Factors that may cause for mental issues vary, but generally, it can be caused by:
- Biological factors relevant to a person’s genes or brain chemistry.
- Personal life experiences that may be about a trauma or abuse; or,
Other sources have described other factors, but the root is somewhat related to an individual’s relationship with one’s self and/or with others. Triggers vary that result in effects that also vary in degree. There are no exact same experiences as every person’s experience who’s suffering from a mental illness is unique.
Taking every person’s experience into account and with years of study on the matter, experts have identified more than a hundred kinds of mental health disorders. But to have a general understanding of these distinctions, there are also main groups that help classify mental illnesses. Let us describe at least three.
- Mood disorders. This general mental health condition includes depression and bipolar disorder among others. It comes from the different internal and external factors that may result in shifts in the mood or energy of a person.
Sometimes, these disorders overlap and may exist on top of another. There are also personality disorders, psychotic disorders, trauma-related disorders, and substance abuse disorders. That is not even half of the list. The important thing is, despite the available information shared here and elsewhere, do not self-diagnose.
Ultimately, it is still important to go see an expert and have a safe environment and dedicated professional to help process this with you. The National Center for Mental Health offers assistance for individuals suffering from mental health problems through their hotlines:
Don’t hesitate to consult a professional to help protect your mental health.
SOME TIPS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH
Apart from maintaining the health of your body through good nutrition and exercise, keep a healthy mind also means:
- forming positive and meaningful relationships
- having light or deep conversations with people you trust
- letting yourself feel instead of holding everything in
- de-stressing, sleeping, and relaxing enough
- keeping up with your hobbies
When life gets too toxic and you don’t have a space for yourself and for others, it can get difficult and mixed up. It is sometimes impossible to do it all alone.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family, and if necessary, seek professional help. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. Remember mental health is just as important as our physical health.