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what exactly is mental health?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Adaptive or not: There are many answers to this, but one way of answering this very broad question is the idea of how adaptive a person's behavior is (or isn't) to social situations, i.e., the context in which the behavior is exhibited. For instance, jumping up and down and yelling during, say, a Catholic mass might be considered maladaptive/ inappropriate, in that context. However, not at all at a sporting event.
Dr. Janice Seward
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
Mental Health: I define mental health as the ability to handle the challenges of life with flexibility and stability. Positive mental health includes being able to take the perspective of others, to handle our impulses and emotions, and to move on from trauma in a healthy way. It also involves good positive relationships with others in our communities, developing good social support.

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What is the stigma of mental health?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Lack of understand'g: It's unfortunate that there is a stigma about having mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety. This is probably due to a lack of understanding as well as not having objective findings to confirm a diagnosis. For example, a diabetic patient will have abnormalities in their blood sugar, but a depressed patient has no laboratory findings, yet they are both due to chemical imbalances.
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I'm under so much pressure, I feel like i'm going to explode. How do I keep a healthy mental health?

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Family Medicine 9 years experience
Emotional upheaval: Feelings like yours usually require immediate help with a psychologist or psychiatrist to help you improve your mental health. Talk to your doctor about referral. Meanwhile it is important to balance our lives with the demands put on them. Techniques to maintain balance in our lives include physical exercise, a healthy diet, avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs. Gettng help is essential.
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I'm moving soon. How will moving to a new environmental affect my mental health?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Up to You!: If you see this move as a new opportunity and have the excitement of adventure then you will probably do well. If the reverese is true you may hate it. Bottom line is; it is up to you. So gear your mind to think of all of the positive reasons for this move and minimize the negative; make it exciting and fun.
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What exactly is a mental health check?

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See below: Appearence, cooperative, eye contact, speech, language, sensorium, thought disorder, perceptual disorder, suicidal and homocidal ideation, mood and it affect.
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What kind of help can be given for mental health problems?

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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Mental health: Depends on diagnosis & the issues at hand, and following thorough evaluation by a mental health professional.

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