Just like physical health can be weakened, damaged, and develop into a physical illness, your mental health can also be negatively affected. Your mental health is defined by your ability to be productive at work/school and at home, have healthy relationships, and cope with adversity. When you are unable to function properly in these areas we would describe it as a decline in your mental health. Just like when your physical health declines too far it becomes an illness that can be treated in most cases, the same can be said for mental illness.
Mental illness is defined by a pattern associated with distress, disability, significant loss of autonomy, or an increased risk of death. Grief and loss are painful experiences, but are not considered a mental illness. These situations can be aided by support from family, friends, and a mental health professional. Mental illness may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode. Scientific studies have looked closely to carefully define and describe the signs, symptoms, and treatment methods for many specific disorders.
Just like with physical illness, we recommend you see a mental health professional who can accurately diagnose the problem. For any treatment, the fastest way to heal and recover is to acknowledge the problem and follow a treatment plan that is tailored to the difficulties that you are facing. The causes of mental disorders are often unclear. Theories may incorporate findings from a range of fields. Mental disorders are usually defined by a combination of how a person behaves, feels, perceives, or thinks. This may be associated with particular regions or functions of the brain, often in a social context. A mental disorder is one aspect of mental health. Cultural and religious beliefs, as well as social norms, should be taken into account when making a diagnosis.
If you are experiencing a difficult time in your life and are seeking treatment feel free to ask questions and explore. Many times learning about what it is you are experiencing is the first step to healing and recovery.
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