Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects thinking, feelings, and actions. Mental health also impacts how stress is handled, relationships, and the ability to make healthy choices.
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Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Poor mental health and mental illness are not the same. A person can experience poor mental health and not be diagnosed with a mental illness. Likewise, a person diagnosed with a mental illness can experience periods of physical, mental, and social wellbeing.
Mental and physical health are equally important components of overall health. For instance, depression increases the risk for many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke (CDC, 2021). Similarly, the presence of chronic conditions can increase the risk for mental illness.
Mental health changes over time, depending on many factors. Changes can occur when life demands exceed resources and coping abilities. For example mental health changes may happen when working long hours, caring for a relative, or experiencing economic hardship.
Therapy: Many people benefit from psychotherapy—also called therapy or counseling. Most therapy lasts for a short time and focuses on thoughts‚ feelings‚ and issues that are happening in your life now. In some cases‚ understanding your past can help‚ but finding ways to address what is happening in your life now can help you cope and prepare you for challenges in the future.
A therapist assists with learning skills to cope with life, changing behaviors that are causing problems‚ and finding solutions. A therapist or counselor usually has the credentials of LCSW, LPC, or psychologist. However, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatrist prescribe and manage medications in addition to psychotherapy.
Some common therapy goals include:
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