Mental Health – It’s Not Something to Be Scared Of


Mental  health  is a loaded phrase that has a lot of stigma attached to it. People are often frightened that they will be labelled as mentally ill and mental  health  issues are usually discussed in whispers if they’re spoken about at all.

But physical  health , the counterpart of mental  health  is a perfectly acceptable term. People are prepared to talk openly about their physical  health  issues – sometimes in too much graphic detail.

So why the problem with mental  health ? After all it’s simply a description of a  health  problem that is related to the mind and all the things it controls – emotions, cognition and behaviour. But because thoughts aren’t something you can see they are more difficult to explain.

Our understanding of the mind is in its infancy. People have been able to show how the body works for hundreds of years but they haven’t been able to show the workings of the mind, only the results of thoughts.

We have an accepted norm of behaviour which is what helps us to function as a society but when people react outside of that accepted norm it challenges us and alters our own normal or expected behaviour.

Just as in physical  health  there are levels of mental  health  problems. If you’re physically unwell then you may have a stomach ache or a sprained wrist which are just short term problems that are likely to only affect you for a short amount of time and once they have gone are unlikely to have any future impact on you.

By the same token, if you’re mentally unwell then you could be suffering with anxiety over an event that you’re nervous about or you could have ongoing depression. Both issues are affecting your mind so they are both mental  health  issues.

I hope that helps to put it into context. Mental illness doesn’t have to be restricted to just the more extreme cases of mental disturbance.

You wouldn’t expect to set your own broken leg and whilst you will tend to treat your own cold symptoms, you’re still relying on your own experience and advice that other people have given you. You may be able to deal with some emotional issues on your own, such as short term stress or confidence. You may have colleagues or friends who can give you advice on how they’ve dealt with similar issues. But if something has been niggling away in your mind for a while then go and see an expert in the mind just as you’d see an expert in physical illness. You will be able to learn new skills or use techniques that you don’t have access to yourself which will get rid of the niggle and help you to enjoy life more.

Your mind does a lot of hard work so there are likely to be times that it doesn’t function on top form. Thinking you have to live with anxiety, low confidence, an unwanted habit or unwanted behaviour is like thinking you have to live with cataracts or broken bones. In most cases those are treatable and vastly improve your life. It’s the same with your mind. Most mental issues are treatable and again will vastly improve your life.

Source by Sharon Stiles

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