As a society, we spend a lot of time talking about our physical condition: how healthy our body is, how we look, our energy levels, and so on. However, this is really only half the battle when it comes to determining how well we are overall. The other factor is one that is spoken about more now than in the past, but which is still mostly overlooked by many people: their mental health. Below, we take a look at some of the more common mental health issues. If you think you’re suffering from one or more, it’ll be time to get help and make changes in your life.
There are more people than ever suffering from depression, and for a number of reasons. While the causes aren’t fully known, there are theories as to what causes it. The symptoms also vary from person to person, but there are a few common threads. For example, if you’re feeling unenthused about life and have a general air of sadness, then you might be suffering from mild depression. Mild forms can be overcome by doing things like walking, getting exercise, and spending time outdoors.
If mental health conditions aren’t treated and are left to run amok in a person’s mind, then they can cause very serious problems. One such example of this is psychosis; this is when a person begins to slip away from reality, into a world that exists only in their mind. They might suffer from hallucinations or believe fantastical, delusional stories that have no grounding in reality. This type of condition can be caused by a wide range of factors, including stress, depression, bereavement, lack of sleep, and by abusing alcohol or drugs.
Stress And Anger
Of all the mental conditions that exist “under the surface” throughout society, none is more common than stress and anger. These two are especially common in people who live in cities and have high-pressure jobs. Stress can be a difficult one to pin down precisely but usually manifests itself in the form of irritation, an inability to enjoy the simple things in life, and an overall feeling of dread about life. As well as people with high-pressure jobs, stress can also factor people with no jobs – as well as those who have money issues to worry about.
It’s a sad reality of life that how we look can have such a big effect on how we feel. It’s understandable why: we’re plastered with images of the glamourous and beautiful in adverts and on the big screen, and we’re always being shown images of ourselves, either through social media or simply in the mirror. Many people can accept how they look, but many can’t. These people might develop body dysmorphic disorder, which causes them to exaggerate (or simply invent) a physical flaw of theirs. With treatment, a person can learn to control better their intrusive thoughts about how they look.
All mental health conditions are serious, but some are more serious than others. One of these issues is schizophrenia, which causes sufferers to disconnect from their loved ones and society as a whole, become delusional, and unable to look after themselves. The condition can be caused by being under immense pressure or a change in circumstances, and more are at risk than most people realize. If you’re out of work or have recently had a change in fortune, take this schizophrenia test. If your score is high, you should consult a professional as soon as possible.
If you’re having (or have recently had) a baby, then it’s important that you learn about postnatal depression. This is a type of depression that affects new mothers (and sometimes fathers) and can result in serious intrusive feelings. It’s caused by a number of factors, including pressure from friends and family to show excitement and happiness, the pressure of all the responsibilities, and a desire to be a good parent. It’s more common than you might expect, with more than 1 in 5 parents suffering from a mental health condition before or after birth.
The above is a small sample of the many mental health conditions that a person might suffer from. Whether you’re prone to suffering from these conditions or not, it’s important that you take the time to give your mind the things it needs to be healthy, in much the same way you work out to make your body healthy. If you ever do suffer from mental health problems, don’t stay silent: speak up.