Mental health has become a growing concern year by year now. While it was not given much importance in the past, it is coming to the limelight for the past decade now. Mental health is influenced by many things and it also affects many things in our life too. In the past, people never gave it important because they thought it was a way of life, and when it went too far, it labeled it madness. Even now, a lot of people think of it as taboo and don’t come out about it too often. The awareness of mental health hence becomes an important thing to talk about. Let’s see some more points that direct us to spread awareness for mental health.
Before we start off, it is important to know that not having mental health problems doesn’t mean that you have a strong mental health. Anybody could be going through fluctuations in their mental health and may not be knowing much about it due to lack of awareness.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health is more than not having disabilities or disorders related to the mental state of people. It is a general thing like your physical wellbeing that you need to take care of.
Not taking mental health seriously can lead to problems, physically, emotionally, personally, and professionally too. It affects how we feel, how we think, and how we act. The effects of mental health are seen throughout the lifetime and can be triggered at any point in life.
It is difficult to know whether a person is going through a mental problem, rather difficult to know it for yourself too. It affects your eating habits, the way you talk, the way you perceive things. Mental health problems could also affect your relationships and could also drive you towards harmful life choices like smoking and drugs. Some people also show symptoms like an increase in appetite, or overeating too. Food habits are the first ones to get affected in a lot of conditions that lead to physical problems too.
Factors Affecting Mental Health
Now there are many things that could be affecting you mentally. The result of a mixture of many things pertaining to genetic, experiential, and environmental aspects could lead to ental health problems. The risk of contracting a mental health issue does not see where your come from, what your age is, or how much you earn. It is more driven by biological, physiological, and environmental pressures and factors.
Genetic And Biological Factors
The foremost factor that could affect mental health is biological leniency. If there has been a history of mental illness in the family, it is possible that you at risk too. If there is a history on both maternal and paternal sides, it gets all the worse. Majorly, anxiety, stress, and depression are developed if your family has a history of cancer, diabetes, or chronic diseases.
Social And Economic Difficulties
These are the environmental factors that could lead to mental health problems. A lot of the recent problems arise with the lack of income or economic status. Especially the marginal population under the poverty line goes through a lot of financial problems which leads them to mental issues like depression and succumbing to a harmful lifestyle. This economic stigma does not only affect the people under the line. As you keep growing above the line, the expectations and the pressure from the so-called society increases and makes one more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
The world we live in right now expects a lot from people. There is a constant pressure of doing big things and facing the competition on a day to day basis. These socio-economic pressures can make a lot of people succumb to a variety of mental illnesses. These behaviors can also affect the health of their immediate family members too. For example, if there is a violent spouse, the other person in the relationship faces anxiety and stress. Hence it is very important to recognize the early signs of such behaviors and work towards getting rid of them.
The Social Stigma Of Seeing A Specialist
The meager awareness of mental health is the underlying cause of the increasing issues related to it. Labeling of people having simple curable mental conditions makes them think that they actually have a great problem. This in turn leads to the fear of facing it and only aggravates it. On the other hand, taking the simple and recognizable symptoms for granted too paves the path for deepening the problem.
This drives the stigma of seeing a specialist cure the possible conditions you could be encountering. A lot of people are afraid of what others will think if they get to know about seeing a specialist get through these mental issues. Sometimes, we also neglect it so much that even if someone suggests going to a specialist, we shun it and defend not going at all.
How Can You Help?
There is not one way to help someone who you know is dealing with mental health issues. It changes from time to time and from person to person. Different people have different needs and different ways of being treated. Some people like to be left alone while some people like to be heard. No matter how minor the issue is or how negligible it could seem to you, it could be a big deal for others. Being patient and not giving up on people is the best thing you can do. It could take a while or a lot more than that for someone to heal. But at the end of the day, what matters is how much they mean to you and how much you can handle. It is also important to consider your own mental health in the scenario and stay strong for both.
It is important to be aware of mental health. The more you get to know about it, the better you learn to treat people and not trigger them. There are biological and environmental factors that contribute to mental health problems. Be aware and try to know more as and when you see someone or yourself going through it. Being informed can help you and your dear ones a lot. It is not a taboo to see a specialist for taking care of your mental health. You can always help with the small things you do.
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