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Understanding Mental Health: Insights from a Psychologist's Perspective

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Let me break it down a little more. Mental health is defined as the aspect of overall health that includes emotional well-being, the ability to live a full and creative life, and the flexibility to deal with life’s inevitable challenges. So, why should we all care about mental health? Let me remind you all again, that mental health is separate from a mental health disorder. When I refer to mental health throughout this article, I do not mean disorders such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar. But, I want you to know what mental health really means on a much broader and a much deeper level. Mental health is an integral part of overall health. Think about that for a second. Mental health supersedes even physical health. If you have physical health issues, a healthy mental well-being could aid in improvement. 

Mental health is not the absence of mental health problems. Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental health refers to the presence of positive characteristics.

Mental health is someone’s level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness. It is the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment. (Good mental health) It does not mean that the person has never or does not suffer from mental health problems.   

Misbelief #1: Mental Illness is not real 

One of the common myths about mental illness is that it is not real. Results from research suggest that most people diagnosed with a mental illness were exposed to a significant altercative whilst others live with mental illness need and deserve professional help in correct settings. They result forms a complex interplay between genetic, environmental, psychological and biological factors, just like illnesses such as cancer or diabetes. 

If someone has received a diagnosis of a mental health condition then an effective mental health treatment can help to provide early intervention. An effective mental health treatment can be used to prevent a mental health condition from getting worse to a point that it can be very hard to handle the condition. The length of the delay in addressing symptoms of a mental health condition will always directly relate to the severity of symptom.

Mental health is a very important topic to talk about. As a psychologists we want everyone to educate themselves on mental health. Please be kind to everyone who has a mental health problem and let’s try to break the stigma together.