DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL ILLNESS



“There is no health without mental health.” - World Health Organisation

Today we are more aware of mental health and mental illness than ever before. People all over the world are being aware and have started to understand the seriousness of it. Open discussion about mental health and mental illness is one of the best ways to get proper knowledge about the same. But, unfortunately even today mental health is considered taboo in some parts. This leads to the spread of misinformation which ultimately ends up as a myth. One such myth is the meaning of mental health and mental illness. These two terms are often used interchangeably, which is not correct. In this article, let us understand the difference between the two.

Mental Health

Every creature (be it, humans, cats, dogs, dolphins, etc.) on this planet has mental health like everybody has physical health. The state of your body is physical health, while the state of your mind, feelings, and emotions is mental health. Mental health is influenced by one's life experiences, interpersonal interactions, physical health, and surroundings. People may encounter emotional or mental health issues that influence their thinking, mood, and behaviors, just as they may experience physical illnesses throughout their life. This is not to say that someone who is going through a difficult period and has poor mental health is suffering from a mental illness.

Mental health allows you to feel, think, and act in ways that allow you to appreciate life while also coping with its difficulties. Feeling sad, having trouble thinking clearly, or feeling overwhelmed by stressful situations are all symptoms of poor mental health. Nevertheless, it is fine to have good days and bad days.

Mental Illness

The terms "mental health" and "mental illness" are not alike. Although poor mental health can result in both mental and physical illnesses. Mental illness is a broad phrase that refers to a wide range of illnesses that affect one's emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Anyone, regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, or race/ethnicity, can be affected by mental illness. Distress and issues functioning at work, home, and in social circumstances are common among those with mental illnesses. Mental disease is caused by biological causes such as genes or brain chemistry, trauma and abuse, and a family history of mental illness, and cannot be "overcome with willpower” alone.

We all have ups and downs, but mental illnesses are serious mental health issues that aren't just a part of life. It's crucial to note that mental illness doesn't always show up in the same manner in different people. The signs and symptoms are very subjective. For an eg, depression can happen in a variety of ways for various people.

The major types of mental illness include:

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Mood disorders, including bipolar

• Personality disorders

• Schizophrenia

• Trauma disorders

• Eating disorders

• Addictive behaviors

Many people believe they are unable to seek help because of the prejudice and blame often associated with mental illness and mental health. It's critical to seek help as soon as possible if you or a loved one is suffering from mental illness or other mental health issues.


Written By - Swati Tanu


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