Mental health is a person's condition of emotional and psychological well-being and is just as important as a person's physical health. People's physical health often deteriorates and they can become ill, for example, a cold or even worse, a life changing illness such as cancer. Some people might break a bone because of an accident or maybe somebody else hurt them... the same can happen with mental health; people can do something that can trigger mental-ill health in themselves and other people. Some people can become mentally ill and it is often very hard to recover - for some people, the recovery process is quicker than others. The most common forms of mental illness are anxiety disorders and depressive disorders. Just like with physical health, some people have it worse off than others however this does not mean that you do not deserve to recover from the illness any less than others. There are so many different types of mental illnesses, for example, there is more than one type of anxiety disorder; including:
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
Social anxiety disorder (social phobia - SAD)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Panic disorder (PD)
Other mental illnesses include:
Eating disorders (Anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS - eating disorder not otherwise specified)
Borderline personality disorders
Body dysmorphic disorder
There are many more different mental illnesses and many of the above are umbrella terms. A mental illness is a very horrible and often terrifying experience to go through, it can be an extremely lonely way to live if you don't know what is happening or you don't know how to speak up. Until people speak up about their mental health, they usually do not realise how many people are going through the exact same thing, so this is why more and more people are encouraged to talk about their mental health more often however this can also encourage more people to discriminate those with mental disorders and so more people are experiencing stigma based around their state of mental health - in fact, about 9 out of 10 people experience stigma based around mental health. Because of the stigma and discrimination, it is making it harder for people to speak up about their mental health and in effect, it creates a vicious circle.
The sky isn't always blue, the sun doesn't always shine, it's okay to break apart sometimes.
What is mental health?