What is mental health? Simply put it is the balance within the human mind and psyche that dictates one’s emotional and intellectual welfare. It governs how human beings will act and react in any given situation. Mental status, whether healthy or unhealthy, is the foundation for how each person will interact with the people and react to events that shape their lives. Ironically, mental health is not generally discussed or even thought about until someone’s mental health is brought into question due to bizarre or dangerous behaviors. However, no matter where a person falls on the mental health spectrum, one thing is true. Sound mental health is always the desired condition.
Adverse mental health can be brought to bear due to emotional trauma, brain chemical imbalances, injury, genetics, substance abuse, infection and physical illness. It’s often said that everyone is suffering from some degree of mental dysfunction. That may be true, but most can manage to keep the pandemonium of life contained to a “normal” level. However, when it becomes unmanageable and spills out effecting the general population as well, it is then time to address the issue and seriously consider seeking professional help. Often when individuals are suffering from milder levels of mental illness, it goes unaddressed. They seem to feel that they can handle it, or worse yet that there is no problem at all. That mindset is a clear indicator and a persuasive reason that treatment is indicated.
Since mental health governs how individuals live their lives, what are the best ways to safeguard one’s mental health? Although quite elementary, the answers to that question are numerous. Many in society are ill equipped to address the issues that affect mental health. Outlined are steps that will aid in preserving good mental health.
- Be Proactive
When traumatic events occur, seek counseling to help overcome shock, guilt or the horrors of any situation. Do not wait until the problem has escalated to seek help.
- Seek Advice
Do not be afraid to utilize the services of a doctor first to rule out any physiological factors. Depending on the type of problem, medications may be required to help bring the mental state back within a normal range if there is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Avoiding help perpetuates the problem. Speaking to a counselor may help as well.
Once a professional has made a diagnosis, trust that he/she is committed to helping solve the problem. Follow their directives, and be prepared to do the work.
- Be Optimistic
Mental illness can be treated. Resolve and commit to treatment with a positive attitude.
Mental health, whether satisfactory or adverse, is the determining factor that will regulate how an individual lives. It will dictate every aspect of a person’s life. It will either be the portal to a productive and satisfying existence or the gateway to one that is tortured and septic.
Realize that unfavorable mental health is just another health condition, like high blood pressure, heart disease or cancer. Therefore it should be treated as one would treat any health issue.