Mental Health is the condition of being “functioning in an adequate level of mental health or physical illness.” It is a state of a person who is “working at a satisfying level of emotional and/or behavioral adjustment.” It may be used to describe any number of disorders, including depression, psychosis, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, alcohol addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. It can also be used in conjunction with physical health, such as cancer, arthritis, or heart disease. The word “mental” is actually derived from the Latin term “Mens” which means “mind,” “man,” and “mindful.” In other words, it’s a term that describes our mental, emotional, or behavioral responses to external stimuli.
There are many different ways to define the quality of our mental health. Some examples are the following: The person who experience only occasional and isolated emotional upsets; The person who experience multiple and consistent emotional upsets; The person who experience an extremely low percentage of emotional upsets; The person who experience emotional upsets for a long period of time; The person who experience emotional upsets and a low level of stress or distress. A person who is in this category will often be anxious and will worry about a situation or idea many times over. They may also worry a great deal and feel stressed, most of the time. They may often experience physical symptoms such as: sweating, nausea, headaches, insomnia, nausea, fatigue, and heart palpitations. A person who is in this category may also experience hallucinations and delusions, and may have serious depression. A person who is in this category often has a history of substance abuse.
It should be noted that the quality of a person’s life does not necessarily improve when a disorder is present. A mental health issue may simply be a symptom of a more serious health concern. The person with these issues will likely seek help in an attempt to address their problem and improve their quality of life. The treatment options available will depend on the type of mental disorder a person suffers from. These include psychotherapy, medications, lifestyle changes, and therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.