Healthy Mind

When it comes a person's overall health, the mind is as important as the body. Mental health issues can often go undetected, which is why it's best to know how to maintain a healthy mind. Likewise, knowing the signs, risk factors, and treatment of mental health conditions can greatly help you or your loved ones.


What is mental health?

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"Mental health refers to our cognitive, social, emotional, and psychological well-being. This affects how we think, feel, behave, socialize, and cope with life. A healthy mind is more than not being diagnosed with a disorder. When you have a healthy mind, you are in a state of balance, mentally and emotionally. One tell-tale sign is that you feel good and happy – that said, having a healthy mind doesn’t mean you feel happy all the time!"

Why is mental health important?

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"Mental health is important because it affects how we view and interact with the world. Our thoughts, emotions, relationships, and outlook in life are determined by the state of our mental health. In recent years, there has been more focus on holistic health and well-being. Mental health is an essential part of our overall health – plus, mental illness can also impact physical health. For example, depression increases the risk for conditions such as stroke, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes."

How common are mental illnesses?

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"According to the CDC, over 50% of people will be diagnosed with a mental disorder or illness at some time in their lifetime. In Asia, over 450 million people are said to have mental disorders. Despite the stigma mental health has faced throughout history, mental conditions are much more common than you think. Even if you are not diagnosed with a long-term mental illness, your mental health can change over time – hence, it is important to check in with a mental health professional to keep your mental health in shape."

What causes mental health disorders?

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"Mental health disorders can result from a wide range of causes. Certain factors also increase your risk of developing mental health disorders, such as: - A history of childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect - An ongoing or chronic health condition such as cancer or diabetes - A family history of mental illness - Chemical imbalances in the brain - Stressful life events such as losing a job or a loved one - Feelings of loneliness and isolation"

How do I know if I need professional help?

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"Mental illnesses or disorders have varying signs and symptoms. Generally, it might be a good idea to seek professional help (such as a counselor or a psychiatrist) if you experience any of the following: - A shift in personality - Drastic changes in eating and/or sleeping patterns - Feeling withdrawn from friends and usual activities - An inability to cope with daily problems or stress - Suicidal thoughts - Extreme mood changes; excessive anger or hostility - Substance abuse, such as alcohol or drugs - Unexplained physical ailments, such as constant headaches or back pain"

I have a loved one who has depression or suicidal thoughts. How do I help them?

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"If you know a friend or family member who is suffering from depression or has suicidal thoughts, here are some tips on how to help them: Show empathy and keep them talking Avoid minimizing their problems (“Just stay positive! It’s not that bad”) Do not offer or think you can fix their problems Let them know they are not alone (“I am here for you. You are not alone”) Encourage them to seek professional help"

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