Mental Health

What is Mental Illness?

Under the topic of mental health, we often hear and fear the term ‘Mental Illness’. Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions/disorders that affect ones mood, emotions, thinking and behavior. There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness, which include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.[1]

Though many people have mental health concerns from time to time, it transforms into a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause recurrent stress and affect our ability to function in our daily lives including our social, occupational and personal lives. What is important to remember however, is that if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a mental illness or you feel you may need to seek help, connect with us!

Just like any other sickness, mental illness affects the body and the brain, leading to a decrease in physical well-being as well. Hence, it is imperative that society understands how mental illness is more than just a phase. Furthermore, similar to most physical diseases or medical conditions, mental illness can affect anyone irrespective of age, gender, and cultural background.

It is important to remember that mental illness is very much treatable, and although there are various types and stages of mental illnesses, individuals can seek help through therapy and treatment throughout the process where they can learn effective strategies for dealing with mental illness according to their individual needs to help them go about their daily routine. These skills are important ingredients to leading a happy, healthy and balanced lifestyle for anyone living with a mental illness. Seeking help when it is needed is what allows us to accept ourselves, understand the importance of mental health and ultimately break the stigmas associated with mental illnesses.



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