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What exactly is mental health?

What exactly is mental health?

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. ...Read more

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Mental Health (Definition)

Mental health refers to the complex neuro-physiological state of well-being that is often observed and experienced through emotional, psychological, and social aspects of behavior. A combination of genetics and family history, culture and life experiences, and physiological health factors are all factors that contribute to one's experience of mental health. Unfortunately, the general term of mental health is often stigmatized and perceived as a negative; however, mental health includes positive aspects of health and well-being, including one's resilience, adaptability, and ability to ...Read more


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What is the stigma of mental health?

What is the stigma of mental health?

Stigma Still Present: Mental health has carried a negative stigma for centuries. I believe this stigma, which continues today, is due to ignorance and lack of treatment. With mental illness there are no broken bones, no blood, nothing visible. If you can't see it it doesn't exist. Treatment with medications and widespread use of psychotherapy just started in the 1950's. We must educate to combat this stigma. ...Read more

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What is the mental health continuum?

MH continuum: Mental health runs along a continuum, from temporary to permanent, with periods of mental distress & times of no distress, between optimum & poor mental health. Optimum means happiness, control over behaviors, appraisal of reality, healthy self concept, & academic or work effectiveness. ...Read more

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What affects someone's mental health?

Everything: You are the total of all of your biochemistry and experiences, both good and bad. Therefore, everything affects your emotional or mental health. ...Read more

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What causes mental health disorders?

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What causes mental health disorders?

Etiology: Easiest way is to think of causes as Biopsychosocial. The biological is genetics. The psychological is self concept such as self-esteem. The social is environment such as stress or traumas. ...Read more

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What are signs of poor mental health?

What are signs of poor mental health?

Many: There are many symptoms of mental problems and these are often specific to a particular problem. In general, poor mental health is noted by poor interpersonal relationships, an inability to function in a meaningful way in the environment, and loss of contact with reality. ...Read more

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What could increase mental health issues?

What could increase mental health issues?

Life change: Changes in life circumstances often has a significant impact on one's mental health. We feel less in control and these feelings can lead to increased anxiety , worry and depression. Life changing events like a divorce, children moving into adulthood, relocation, financial changes, work changes all can really increase mental health issues and professional support is often important at these times. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about Mental Health?

Should I be concerned about Mental Health?

Difficult to answer: Without having more information it is difficult to answer, and depends on the individual. Consider discussing with a HealthTap provider if you are concerned about your overall mental health and well-being. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Mental Health?

What are the complications of Mental Health?

Great question: What are the complications of living? As with life there are the possibilities of happiness, sadness and death. ...Read more

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How can we realte spirituality and mental health?

How can we realte spirituality and mental health?

Great question!: For some, spirituality is very closely linked to mental health because it embodies the idea that it's possible to get through suffering. And that such experiences might help us develop into more aware & compassionate human beings. Having a spiritual (not necessarily religious) point of view may help one feel less alone. It also offers the possibility of there being some meaning to suffering. ...Read more

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What is it like to work in mental health facility?

What is it like to work in mental health facility?

See below: It's challenging as you're dealing with people in distress. It is also rewarding because people do get better. Working in a mental health facility requires flexibility, but also the ability to follow structure and ability to look at your own reactions to a client and monitor these reactions. Are there any specific aspects that interest you? ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have any mental health issues?

Yes: Its always possible. If there is cause for concern, then see a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What factors most strongly influence our mental health?

What factors most strongly influence our mental health?

Internal/external: There is the person's internal world, in other words their thought processes, emotions, and general internal dialogue as well as chemical balance in the nervous system (or lack thereof) and the person's genetic makeup. There is also the person's external world, such as family members and friends, their jobs, where they live, socioeconomic status, and cultural and ethnic issues. Nature vs nurture. ...Read more

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How come children's mental health so widely disagreed on?

How come children's mental health so widely disagreed on?

By whom? I agree : that diagnoses of mental illness in children require thoughtful review of genetic, biological & environmental factors contributing to a set of symptoms that fulfill DSM-V criteria for a specific disorder. Child & adolescent symptoms may evolve over time, so age & developmental stage must be considered. Many disorders begin with signs of ADHD in childhood, with additional symptoms as they mature. ...Read more

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Why is it that instances of mental health issues are becoming more prevalent?

Why is it that instances of mental health issues are becoming more prevalent?

Huge question: Nearly 20% of us adults 18 and older have some kind of mental illness. There are many hypotheses about why this is increasing, including loss of extended families and social isolation; environmental toxins; substance abuse (both an illness & risk factor); trauma and abuse (which can be both mental health issue & a risk factor for further illness); poverty leading to not getting help early, etc. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to your mental health if you are constantly bored?

Could you tell me what happens to your mental health if you are constantly bored?

Depression?: Boredom can either be a symptom of depression or sometimes attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity, but often leads to difficulties with depression. It certainly is not a good frame of mind to be in. It is interesting that it is a combined perception of internal and external reality. It can be the result of excessive understimulation or excessive overstimulation eg porn causing underarousal. ...Read more

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What is the mental health axis?

What is the mental health axis?

5 Axes: In the old DSM 4, which most still use, there are 5 Axes of mental health. Axis I is clinical syndroms, Axis II is personality disorder, Axis III is medical conditions that directly bear on current mental health functioning, Axis IV is environmental stressors, and Axis V is the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF score) which is represented by numbers ranging from 1-100. ...Read more

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What are Mental Health conditions?

What are Mental Health conditions?

Mental health: They can be categorized into psychotic, anxiety, mood, and several other general groups of conditions. Mental health conditions cause distress, and occupational or social impairment to the sufferer. They are treatable typically using medications and therapy in the form of individual and/or group, and depending upon the illness. ...Read more

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Are mental health disorders curable?

Are mental health disorders curable?

Resolution: Typically mental health disorder are not thought of as curable. Rather, emotional issues and conflicts are usually though of as being better managed or resolved through psychotherapy/ medication as well. The symptoms, whatever they may be, ideally diminish in impact, but will always be there to a much lessened degree. Through psychotherapy one learns how to recognize triggers of emotional issues. ...Read more

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Where to get teen mental health info?

School, doc, etc: Teen mental health info can be found in a number of places. The school counselor will usually have pamphlets (like on glee) or websites you can use. The american academy of pediatrics has a number of resources and website links to use, and there are online resources like the mayo clinic and johns hopkins that publish information. Plus the cdc has a whole section on this. ...Read more

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