Mental Health is a very broad subject with many different definitions and ideas. For many individuals and cultures in the world, mental health means happiness, joy, and well-being whereas for others it means coping with stress, anxiety, sadness, or other challenges. Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated every October in the United States to promote the prevention of conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD and ADHD.
How do we Define Mental Health
Mental health can be difficult to define because it is subjective and, often, not well understood. What one person may consider “sick” is another person’s “healthy”. It all comes down to what that individual feels is best for them
What are the Symptoms of Mental Illness?
The most well-known signs of mental illness are hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. However, common symptoms of mental illness may include: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and more.
What is Depression?
Depression is a type of mental health issue that affects people’s happiness, social life, and ability to function. Many people feel depressed for no specific reason or without a clear cause. There are also other types of psychological disorders that can lead to depression as well such as anxiety, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, and more.
Types of Depression and How Can I Manage It?
Depression is not a single diagnosis. There are many types of depression, such as bipolar disorder and postpartum depression. For example, for people with anxiety disorders, the symptoms of depression can include worsening anxiety. It is important to seek treatment if you or someone else you know is suffering from mental health issues and needs help.
Types of Anxiety
There are many different types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias related to specific animals or objects, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
Symptoms of anxiety disorders include chronic worry, panic attacks, persistent feelings of tension, trouble sleeping, and digestive problems. Signs of anxiety are heart palpitations and shortness of breath. The most common sign of an anxiety disorder is that the symptoms are interfering with everyday life.
What are the Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety disorders are a type of mental illness that causes significant levels of distress or impairment in a person’s daily life. Symptoms include experiencing unmanageable feelings, such as intense worry and dread, or an overwhelming sense of impending danger. There is no singular cause for anxiety disorders, but they can usually be traced to an individual’s reaction to stressful life events or a combination of biological, genetic and environmental factors.