What is mental illness definition?
A mental illness, according to APA, is a health condition involving changes in emotion, thinking, behavior or a combination of all these. It is associated with distress or problem functioning in society, work or family activities. And just like the phrase “physical illness” encompasses many different types of physical problems, mental illness might describe a vast array of mental illness issues. And remember, having a mental illness does not mean someone is crazy as many of us think. It means that there are changes in chemical production, either too much or too little, in the brain. But what causes these chemical imbalances? What causes mental illness?
Mental illness is a general term used to describe a group of illnesses that may impact individual thoughts, perceptions, and behavior. It can affect a person’s professional and personal relationships. Mental illness can be treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or medications, sometimes doctors use a combination of both. There are different types of mental health issues.
Types of mental health issues
Anxiety disorder is a group of mental health disorders…
Mental health statistics estimated that one in five adults in the U.S. lives with mental illness. Mental illness is categorized into a broad category, ranging from mild to severe, any mental illness (AMI) and serious mental illness (SMI). AMI encompasses all recognized mental illnesses, SMI is a small yet severe subset of AMI. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, AMI and SMI are defined as follow:
Rainawithchronicillness is pleased to have a special guest blogger, Malinda, author, and creator of Mohr From Life– Plugin Editora blog dedicated to mental health and self-improvement. She is going to take us on her personal journey of the aftermath of an anxiety attack. Imagine what her life is like living with anxiety and having to deal with the aftermath.
If you haven’t experienced an anxiety attack (also known as a panic attack), then you might not realize how it affects people. The aftermath of an anxiety attack can be deliberating. Let me share a personal story with you.
I woke up tremendously excited for the day ahead. In a few hours, my family and I would drive to the airport and fly to Queensland. Later that day I would see Taylor Swift perform at the Gabba. However, my excitement quickly turned to extreme dread and a panic attack.
My 16-year-old brother decided he wasn’t going to come on our holiday. He refused to get out of bed and get ready. Firstly, Dad and I both tried to change his mind; I begged and… pleaded with my little brother. As a result, I started to cry uncontrollably as my anxiety went through the roof.
Sleep has always been a challenge of mine. It is difficult for me to fall asleep and stay asleep. Moreover, I’m a light sleeper which does not help. In the morning, I am irritated, fatigued and in pain, my fibromyalgia symptoms get worst. I find myself going in the same circle every night, forcing myself to fall asleep with no success. I would count from 1 to 10 and backward while listening to the clock ticking. All this did was just making me frustrated and making sleeping even more impossible.
Something has to change, right?
After years of struggling with insomnia, I was desperate to find a solution to my night problem. I listened to calming bedtime music, going to bed earlier and other sorts of method to help me sleep. Eventually, I developed a bedtime routine…
What is self-esteem? self-worth
Self-esteem is how you feel about or value yourself. It’s the overall opinion you have of yourself. This is how you judge yourself worth as a person. Some people have negative feelings about themselves, they don’t value their ideas. Their self worth depend on what others think of them or how people treat them. Over time, they become people-pleasers in the hope of validation. How can you improve your self-esteem?
How do we develop self-esteem?
It starts early in life. It’s the believes you developed about yourself from messages you received from others, if you received positive feedback from personal relationships such as parents, siblings, peers, and teachers, you will more likely see yourself as worthwhile. If you received negative feedback and are repeatedly criticized by others, you will struggle with low self-esteem…
Do you have a chronic illness?
A chronic illness is a long-lasting health condition that may not have a cure. It can affect all aspects of an individual’s life. Moreover, it encompasses both mental and physical illnesses. For instance, depression, diabetes, are categorized as chronic illnesses. It’s no news that chronic illness frustrates you, your family and friends. This physical and emotional stress can affect the quality of your personal relationships. Do you have a chronic illness?