I would just like to clarify that I am not a professional .....and I am not able to diagnose anyone.
However, we would like to raise awareness around this topic.
Unlike physical illness; mental illness isn’t something your every day person can see with the normal eye. If you break a leg, a person can emphasize with you, because they can physically see your broken leg.
While suffering from a mental illness, people would label you a lot quicker because they do not understand what they can’t see!!
We want to raise awareness that having a mental illness does not make you any less valuable and it doesn’t determine nor decrease your worth!
Getting help and reaching out, is one of the best things you can do for yourself....And we are all for it - becoming the best version of yourself.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It has a tremendous affect on how we think, feel and act.
• Emotional well-being includes your happiness, interest in life and being satisfied with the things in your life.
• While psychological well-being includes how you feel about yourself, how you manage your daily life, your relationship with others and mainly how satisfied you are with your own life.
• Social well-being includes your contribution to society, feeling part of a community and how you function in a community and in society in general!
This can also differ from culture to culture, as every culture and religion play an important role on what is acceptable and what isn’t! Mental health plays an important role throughout all the stages of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood and behavior could be affected.
According to Mentalhealth.gov there are many factors that contribute to mental health problems. These include:
Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
Family history of mental health problems
Although it is quite easy to go about our lives, without realizing you might be suffering from a mental illness.
Listed below are a few warning signs to look out for! These are just the most general signs a person can experience over a long extended period:
Long-lasting sadness or irritability;
Extremely high and low moods;
Excessive fear, worry, or anxiety;
Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits.
Now I am not saying if you experience any of these you are suffering from a mental illness. There can be many reasons a person experience any of the above symptoms. However, if you answered YES to any of the above - you might have an underlying health condition.
It is always a good idea to consult with a qualified professional if you do have concerns or simply to obtain more information regarding a specific topic about your mental well-being.
Over the coming weeks, we will take an in depth look at how our thought patterns form and how it physically affects our brains, as well as the amazing benefits exercise has on your mental health.