More often than we think, people who might be struggling with mental health issues also struggle with emotions like fear and shame. These emotions tend to keep them from sharing their concerns with mental health professionals, or even with their friends and relatives. However, we must remember that mental health is just as important as physical health, and we need to pay attention to any early signs. This way, we will be able to live a full, happy, and productive life.
- Mental illnesses are more common than we think. To begin with, we need to be aware that mental illnesses are more common than we think, even when different disorders might vary on their severity. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five adults in the United States live with a mental illness. Therefore, it is important to spark the conversation and stop ignoring mental health.
- It can have an impact on our physical health. It is impossible to separate mental health from physical health, as our brain is part of our body. Besides, many signs and symptoms of mental illnesses can have a significant impact on our physical health. For example, the sleep deprivation that comes from insomnia and stress will take a toll on how we feel physically, potentially causing other conditions.
- Injuries and diseases can enhance mental illnesses. On the other hand, there are other conditions that can increase our risks of suffering from mental illnesses. Injuries and diseases, for example, have shown a strong link with mental health issues, particularly in the case of chronic diseases. Fortunately, doctors are becoming more aware of these connections, thus can identify them earlier.
- Detecting mental illnesses early is key. Just as it happens with most medical conditions, detecting mental illnesses at an early stage will allow us to treat it properly and ensure more positive results. This way, we will be able to prevent the symptoms of the mental illness becoming serious, and treatment will be simply more effective.
- It can run in your family. Several studies have shown that several mental health illnesses can be hereditary, which means that learning about our family health history can help us predict our risk of suffering from mental illnesses. Otherwise, it might take us years before we start noticing any of the signs and symptoms, making treatment futile.
“Mental health…is not a destination,
but a process.
It’s about how you drive,
not where you’re going.”
– Noam Shpancer, PhD