What is mental health?
Mental health is how we think, feel, and act in order to face life’s situations and experiences. It is how we look at ourselves, our lives, and the people we know and care about. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, evaluate our options, and make choices. Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life. Everyone has mental health.
While it is easy for someone to recognize when an individual has a high fever, mental health problem can be more difficult to identify. Mental health problems can’t always be seen, but the symptoms can be recognized.
Mental health problems can be diagnosed because mental health professionals have studied and documented the symptoms, such as: depression, anxiety, conduct, eating habits, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary, depending on the particular disorder and other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Sometimes symptoms of a mental health disorder appear as physical problems.