We, humans, have 3 fundamental aspects of wellness –
- Mentally, and
All three are equally important in achieving and maintaining complete well-being.
But do we really give them equal importance?
It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?
Consider this, when people have physical problems, most are likely to go to a doctor for a medical check-up. But when it comes to mental and spiritual most people just brush that off and think its not a big deal. How many of us actually even consider the need to visit a specialist instead of just talking to our friends, family members and colleagues?
One of the problems that people face when it comes to seeking help for mental health is that they don’t know when they need to seek help. The lack of awareness is so prominent that most people don’t even understand the difference between mental health and mental illness. The two terms are incorrectly used interchangeably at most a times.
So what is the difference between mental health and mental illness.
To answer that, first we’ll have to define mental health. im going to ask this question again
What is mental Health?
You have probably heard the term ‘Mental health’ yet not many actually know what it means. Give this a thought and think of what this term actually means for you. Define it in your own words.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO):
Mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and 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 life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthoodOver the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, you’re thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems. Mental health is one of the most spoken about topics in today’s day and age. Right from celebrities to medical practitioners, many are talking about the need to acknowledge and seek help from mental health practitioners especially for ones who find it difficult to cope up with certain life situations. In this post we will focus on understanding what is mental health, why is it important, how mental health affects physical health and so on.
So rather than being about ‘what’s the problem?’ it’s really about ‘what’s going well?’
It is about wellness than illness.
Mental Health vs Mental Illness
When do you think mental health is more important, when one is having some mental illness or when one is already living a healthy life?
Ideally, mental health is equally important. It goes without saying that when one is already suffering from some mental illness, one needs to visit a Mental Health Practitioner.
But for people who are already living with good mental health, it becomes equally important to develop and sustain habits that would help one to continue living a healthy life.
Both, mental wellness or health, and mental illness lie on a continuum.
Mental health is at one end of the spectrum – represented by feeling good and functioning well – while mental health conditions (or mental illness) are at the other – represented by symptoms that affect people’s thoughts, feelings or behavior.
Not everyone will be diagnosed with a mental illness, but everyone certainly has “mental health”.
Researchers have shown that high levels of mental health are associated with:
- Increased learning
- Creativity and productivity
- More pro-social behavior and positive social relationships and
- Improved physical health and life expectancy
In contrast, mental health conditions (or mental illness) can cause distress, impact on day-to-day functioning and relationships, and are associated with poor physical health and premature death from suicide.
Now let’s understand what mental illness actually is.
What is Mental Illness?
Mental Illness (MI) refers to a disorder of mood, thought, perception, orientation, and memory which can affect the overall functions of social cognition and behavior causing distress to the individual and his/ her family, this also includes conditions created due to substance abuse and alcohol.
Since we kind of understand, what mental health is let’s start off with my main topic of my project
Mental illness in teenagers
Before i start off anything i would like to give off a trigger warning since there are going to be some touchy subjects and please if you feel like your mental health has been declining, please go talk to a specialist or open up to people you trust i know its hard but if you do what to improve your mental health the first step is always the hardest .