By – Kayode Ipadeola
When I was told to write something on mental health, I felt lost in my head, it was as if my mind was read. I’d wanted to prepare something on such initially for this week. So it’s all was just a coincidence.
Let’s talk on the disorders:
Everyone feels worried or anxious or down from time to time. But relatively few people develop a mental illness. What’s the difference? A mental illness is a mental health condition that gets in the way of thinking, relating to others, and day-to-day function.
Dozens of mental illnesses have been identified and defined. They include depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and many more.
Mental illness is an equal opportunity issue. It affects young and old, male and female, and individuals of every race, ethnic background, education level, and income level. The good news is that it can often be treated.
Signs and symptoms of mental illness depend in part on the illness. Common symptoms include
- Feeling down for a while
- Extreme moodswings
- Withdrawing from family, friends, or activities
- Low energy or problems sleeping
- Often feeling angry, hostile, or violent
- Feeling paranoid, hearing voices, or ions
- Often thinking about death or suicide.
In some people, symptoms of a mental illness first appear as physical problems such as stomach aches, back pain, or insomnia.
Individuals with a mental illness can often ease their symptoms and feel better by talking with a therapist and following a treatment plan that may or may not include medication.
Ramp up your resilience!
Coping with stress in a positive way is known as resilience, and it has many health benefits. Its associated with longevity, lower rates of depression, and greater satisfaction with life. There are many ways to increase resilience. Practicing a meditation technique counters stress by eliciting the relaxation response, which helps lower blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen consumption, and stress hormones. Seeing the upside rather than the downside of a predicament can also help build resilience. So can leaning on friends and families.
Small amounts of anxiety can spur people to take better care of themselves. But excessive worrying may signal an anxiety disorder, which may increase a persons risk for heart disease. One common fos generalized anxiety disorder, which is characterized by at least six months of excessive worrying or feeling anxious about several events or activities almost every day. Other people have panic disorder, which is marked by bouts of intense anxiety (panic attacks) that may cause chest pain that is mistaken for a heart attack. Both therapy and medications can effectively treat anxiety disorder.
Finally, I think its best to know your mental state then administer proper fitted treatment on it.
Happy weekend wishes.