What does mental health mean? Simply defined mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.
In todays society the topic of one’s mental health is becoming more openly discussed, as it should. For some of us we go along in life never being extremely impacted by our own state of mental health, but that is not the case for everyone. Mental health problems can cover a broad range of disorders, but the common characteristic is that they all affect the affected person’s personality, thought process or social interactions. For example, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder can cause someone to have impulsive behavior or difficulties remaining focused. Some more openly discussed are Anxiety and Depression, in serious cases these can be life threating if not treated properly.
There is not one single factor to cause a person to have a mental health disorder. Some may stem from a family history of mental health disorders. Others can be caused by changes in brain chemistry from substance abuse or a drastic change in one’s diet. Social exposure can also form the foundations for harmful thought patterns associated with mental health disorders.
What ever the cause, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. These issues effect many of us, even celebrities, Lady Gaga said it best during this year’s 2019 Grammy Awards.
“If I don’t get another chance to say this, I just want to say I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They’re so important,” she said at the mic. “A lot of artists deal with that and we gotta take care of each other. So, if you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you.”
- Lady Gaga
Fortunately, there are ways to treat a mental health disorder. One being prescription medication in conjunction with behavioral therapy or cognitive therapy So, if you or a loved one has signs of a mental health disorder, it’s important to seek help or treatment. Don’t feel like this is something you have to go through alone.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health disorder, we can help!
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