Good mental health is an important component of healthful living. It affects everything in our daily life, including how we act, learn, work, communicate, relate with others and feel about ourselves.
Keys to maintaining good mental health include:
- Managing stress
- Maintaining positive self esteem
- Developing coping skills
- Reducing social isolation
- Eating healthy
- Exercising regularly
- Resting adequately
Mental illnesses are biochemical brain disorders that affect a person’s thinking and emotions and may impact their ability to manage life on a day-to-day basis. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder.
The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible. People of any age, race, or gender can be affected by mental illness.
They are treatable
Mental illnesses are serious medical illnesses. They cannot be overcome through "will power" and are not related to a person's character or intelligence. Mental illness falls along a continuum of severity.
Mental illness can be treated through a variety of methods. Many people need a combination of psychiatry services (medication management), therapy and rehabilitative or supportive services to successfully manage their illness.
With appropriate medication and a wide range of services tailored to their needs, most people who live with serious mental illnesses can significantly reduce the impact of their illness and find a satisfying measure of achievement and independence. A key concept is to develop strategies to manage the illness process.