October 23, 2017

So What Does the Term “Mental Illness” really mean?

Posted in News tagged at 9:02 am by kellyfdennis

The term “mental illness”figure-thinking-with-question-mark-100152866is used quite frequently. But do you know what a mental illness really is?

From psychiatry.org:

Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.

Mental illness is common. According to the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • nearly one in five (19 percent) U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness
  • one in 24 (4.1 percent) has a serious mental illness

Mental illness is treatable. The vast majority of individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives.

The term “mental health” involves effective functioning in daily activities resulting in

  • Productive activities (work, school, caregiving)
  • Healthy relationships
  • Ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity

The term “mental illness” refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders — health conditions involving

  • Significant changes in thinking, emotion and/or behavior
  • Distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities

Mental health is the foundation for thinking, communication, learning, resilience and self-esteem. Mental health is also key to relationships, personal and emotional well being and contributing to community or society.

Many people who have a mental illness do not want to talk about it due the stigma that may be attached. However, it is a medical condition, just like heart disease or diabetes. Mental health conditions are treatable. We are continually expanding our understanding of how the human brain works, and treatments are available to help people successfully manage mental health conditions.

Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of your age, gender, income, social status, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, background or other aspect of cultural identity. While mental illness can occur at any age, three-fourths of all mental illness begins by age 24.

Mental illnesses take many forms. Some are fairly mild and only interfere in limited ways with daily life, such as certain phobias (abnormal fears). Other mental health conditions are so severe that a person may need care in a hospital.

Now you know.

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