We don’t think about our mental health, we take good mental health for granted. Mental illness is usually something someone else deals with that we don’t equate for ourselves. It’s important we all think about the state of our mental health.
As a child I didn’t equate the bad thoughts I had with anxiety, or understand that anxiety was a mental health problem. Although my thinking was extremely deep, subconsciously I wasn’t quite there with the understanding. It was a known longstanding problem that was never addressed.
Although mental health and mental illness are 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, begin to affect our mood and the way we think. Mental illness includes anxiety disorders, depression and addictive behaviours, which if untreated, will spiral into mental health issues.
Mental health will always become a concern when ongoing signs continue to cause undue stress, anxiety and affect our ability to function. Mental health can 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 continues to cause problems in our daily lives, in our relationships and with others.
In most cases, psychotherapy which includes CBT, or regression 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, they suppress how we feel rather than allow us to work out how we feel. It’s important we’re in control of how we feel.
Please get help if you or someone you know is struggling with mental health.