As a child, I didn’t equate the bad thoughts I had with anxiety, or understand that anxiety was a mental health problem. It was a known problem that wasn’t addressed.
We don’t usually think about our mental health; instead we take good mental health for granted. Mental illness and anxiety is something someone else deals with, that we don’t equate with ourselves. But it is important we all think about our mental health.
Although mental health and mental illness is different, not everyone will struggle with mental illness, but will have mental health. Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions that if left uncared for, will begin to affect our mood and the way we think. Mental illness includes anxiety disorders, depression and addictive behaviours, which if untreated, can spiral into mental health issues.
Mental health will always become a concern when ongoing stress and anxiety affect our ability to function. Mental health may turn into mental illness when the road ahead begins to feel difficult; when the issues we face cause us to question ourselves, and our mental state, and cause problems in our relationships, and in our daily lives.
In most cases, when it comes to mental health, therapy can help. Therapies help us manage the issues we need to address, by bringing a certain amount of understanding into the equation. Although medications help us cope in the short-term, in the long-term they suppress how we feel, rather than allow us to work out how we feel. It is important we are in control of how we feel.
Please get help if you or someone you know is struggling with mental health.