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Mental health & Mental illness

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

Mental health is a person's condition of their psychological, emotional, and social well-being. The human being's mental health can be shown by thinking, feeling, communicating, and learning is the key to building a relationship. As it affects how we think, feel, and act. It helps to determine how we can handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is significant at every stage of life, from childhood to adolescence.

While Mental health illness, according to the American Psychiatric Association, is defined as "are the health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress or problems functioning in social, work, or family activities" (2018). Mental health concerns become mental illness when signs and symptoms become frequent and show stress and inability to function. Mental illness affects your mood, thinking, and behaviors. Examples of mental illnesses are depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors.

A mental illness can make you feel miserable and "cause problems in your daily life, such as at school or work or in relationships. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy "psychotherapy" (Mayoclinic, 2019). Physical health is the organ's performance, while mental health is the act of the person's mind, emotions, behavior, attitude, and thoughts. So, the checkup of mental health is vital as the need for a routine psychical checkup.

So, when a person has any mental health illness that affects his daily activities such as anxiety, stress, anger, depression, inability to adapt and cope, etc., it's a must-visit to the psychologist.

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