CogniFit's Science blog: The Ability To Stay Mentally Healthy

The Ability To Stay Mentally Healthy

Mental health is a state or condition, which an individual feels a sense of well being. Living life to its fullest and doing what you want to achieve in accordance with available resources are the staples of good mental health. Good mental health gives you the ability to be flexible and deal with stress, to meet challenges without falling apart. A stable, mentally fit person is productive and profitable to herself and her community.

It is easy to understand physical heath by taking tests of the body. Taking your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and temperature are all examples by which we can tell if our body’s components are healthy.

However, social and mental components of brain health are much harder to asses. Thoughts and perceptions are subjective and hard to quantify. Having a good emotional well-being could also be defined as not having mental health problems or disorders.

People, who do not have diagnosable behaviors, or mental disorders, are considered mentally healthy. An obsessed person is not necessarily suffering from a mental disorder. However, a person who is obsessed combined with a relentless obsession may be diagnosed with a mental disorder called obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Being able to balance emotional and psychological wellness is considered to be emotionally or mentally healthy. Due to cultural differences, there is no single definition of mental health. What is acceptable behavior in one culture may be considered eccentric to another.

Differences in some religious cultures may seem bizarre to others. Mental health disorders have many different representations. Some mentally ill people show aggressive behavior, while others are withdrawn and lack social skills.

Different illnesses have their own signs and symptoms. Diagnosis and treatment depend on the nature of the mental health problem.

There are many factors that trigger mental health problems, including: the environment or lack of education, biological makeup of a person, genes, and medical conditions, traumatic experiences such as dealing with death or abuse and addiction. All of these examples contribute to the development of most mental health disorders. Sometimes only one factor may trigger the disease.

Most of the time, it requires many experiences to contribute to the mentally “undoing” of the person. To maintain mental health, you must have the ability to deal with stress and your environment, achieve a balanced personality, have good character, create a good attitude, and limit damage to bad experiences.

A good support system with family and friends can really help secure good mental health. Neuroscience will also continue to help us better understand mental illnesses in the future and discover new treatments.