The term “mental health” is a broad term used to describe any condition that affects a person’s mind. Mental health is a state of mental well being or absence of mental disorder. It’s the condition of a person who is “working at an acceptable level of mental and behavioral adjustment.” The term “mental health” is used in conjunction with other terms such as “psychology” “mental retardation” “mind” “mental disorder” “cognition” and “behavioural modification.” However mental health isn’t defined by these other terms but only by the mental state of a person’s mind is in at that particular time.
The definition of mental health is not that complicated and it depends on the nature of a given mental condition or symptom. A mental condition can be a mild mental disorder or a severe mental disorder. A mild mental condition which is also known as a depressive state is characterized by sadness irritability restlessness lack of interest in activities inability to focus and concentration lack of focus mood swings and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. A mild depressive state can be treated successfully by antidepressants. However if the condition is more severe one the treatment may require intensive psychological treatment. These medications help the sufferer to control the symptoms of depression but they do nothing to address the underlying cause.
A condition called bipolar depression is often misdiagnosed. Bipolar disorder is characterized by an unstable and unusually rapid shift from one state to another. Sometimes it can lead to serious and even violent behaviour. Symptoms can include agitation euphoria irritability impulsivity and hyperactivity. Treatment for this condition involves various medications that act to regulate moods and improve cognitive functioning.