Mental Health

Mental health is a major component of overall well-being that encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health affects the way individuals think, feel, and behave. It will also impact on how individuals handle stress, decision-making and relate to others.

More Common Mental Health Disorders

  • Depression: A disorder characterized by sadness, loss of pleasure and interest in daily activities, and inability to carry out routine activities.
  • Anxiety Disorders: These include conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder, characterized by feelings of excessive fear or worry strong enough to interfere in one’s daily life.
  • Bipolar Disorder: A disorder associated with periods of mood swings typically transitioning from depressive lows to manic highs.
  • Schizophrenia: A disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel, and behave clearly and may include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, and lack of motivation.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Such disorder is typically triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, which leads to lasting feelings of fear, horror, and helplessness.

Treatment and Support

Most common treatments for mental health disorders include one or more of the following:

  • Psychotherapy: This treatment allows individuals to discuss their issues and concerns with a mental health professional.
  • Medication: Prescription of medication can help manage mental health symptoms 
  • Lifestyle Adjustments: Such an approach includes stress management and regular physical activity, leading to overall mental health improvements.
  • Support Groups: Provide a space for sharing experiences and coping strategies.