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Mental Health Activities For Preschoolers
And in what ways can joining a physical activity help a person's mental health and physical health?
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
Not clear: It seems to improve it. There needs to be more research as to the exact mechanism physiologically that helps, but there appears to be no question that intellectual and emotional health are promoted by good exercise routines (at all ages). Must be related to production of endorphins and hormonal responses. ...Read more
If you were to go to recreational therapy for substance abuse and mental health, what types of activities would you engage in?
Well...: One theory is that addicts have forgotten how to enjoy life without drugs and have to be taught how to engage in enjoyable pro social activities. Often recreational therapy is adjunctive to more mainstream therapy. Possible activities are almost limitless. ...Read more
I have vitiligo and I need help. I've tried steroid creams and UV light therapy but patches still come back. It has been affecting my mental health and daily activities. Is there any other treatment that I can try? Thank you.
Daily visits from my mental health (complex care) team aren’t helping. They won’t have me inpatient again as the bed demand is so high. It’s hopeless?
Don't know what: Your diagnosis is or your symtpoms. So it would be difficult to make any recommendations in the absence of information. Consider resubmitting with more info. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Its always possible. If there is cause for concern, then see a mental health professional. ...Read more
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
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 that begin with signs of ADHD in childhood show additional symptoms with age. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Poor understanding: People are often frightened by things they don't understand. Lack of knowledge leaves a vaccuum which is often filled in with fantasy. ...Read more
The therapist: Will take a history of your problems, ask about your family and your upbringing. They will then make recommendations for treatment. ...Read more
Many: As a psychiatrist I have been a consumer of mental health services for about 20 or more years. Therapy has taught me how to deal with major life stressors, deal with mental issues in the family., how to cope with loss and adversity, and the critical omportance of listening empathic ally. It has given me greater in sites into what to do in therapy than my actual training program could. ...Read more
Is there any relation of architectural structures to the well being of patients in mental health facility?
Evidence Suggests: The concept of 'healing architecture' has been developing over the last two decades and a large amount of research has been carried out into the impact of architectural design on the success of healthcare environments. Evidence that architects can significantly alter patients' experience and quality of life has led to changes in designing healthcare spaces. From rsa royal society of arts. ...Read more
Level of care: Honestly there is considerable variation from place to place about how this works. However if you want to get a sense of how things "ought" to work you should search for the "level of care and utilization system" of the american association of community psychiatrists. It is a bit complicated but covers the factors that determine medically appropriate residential care. ...Read more
Probably: Everything you experience affects your mental health. There are studies which indicate adverse effects of pornography and others that dispute this. The extent of any response to stimuli is individual and has to do with genetics/physiology, environment, and past experience. ...Read more
Administration: This is not a medical question. This needs to be addressed to the administrative component of the military. ...Read more
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