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Understanding Mental Health

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The term Mental Health is referring to an individual’s psychological, emotional, and social well-being.

 

An individual’s ability to perform and be their best self is dependent on the stability of their mental health.

It is equally important to recognize that an individual’s mental health is directly related to their brain health and is impacted by everyday conditions and stimuli.

Understanding mental health and recognizing the difference between mental health fatigue, mental health distress, chronic mental health fatigue, mental health disorders, and a mental health crisis will:

  • remove the stigma that surrounds mental health and suicide

  • reduce the fear of the unknown associated with mental health and suicide

  • empower individuals to make informed and conscientious decisions regarding mental health care

Humanizing our understanding of mental health has the power to improve an individual’s quality of life which is the key to reducing the rate of suicide. Preventing a suicide in a moment of crisis without addressing the root cause of the individual’s pain can leave the individual in a constant state of torment and their loved ones fearing the next suicide attempt.

Simply fighting to stay alive isn’t enough …

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Symptoms associated with all mental health struggles can also appear as physical problems, such as stomach pain, back pain, headaches, or other unexplained aches and pains.

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Mental Health Fatigue

A state of fatigue that causes an individual to experience temporary and mild disruptions to their mood, thinking and behavior. Mental health fatigue often resolves itself with little to no intervention.

Associated Symptoms

Include but are not limited to:

 

  • brain fog

  • mild inability to think clearly

  • mild lack of focus

  • forgetfulness

  • mild exasperation

  • mild irritability

  • unexplainable sadness

  • lack of energy

Possible Causes

Include but are not limited to:

  

  • cold / flu

  • allergies

  • injury

  • acute pain

  • stress

  • grief

  • change in routine, environment & circumstances

  • lack of sleep

  • nutritional imbalances

  • relationship struggles - family │ friend │ romantic

Chronic Mental Health Fatigue

 

A state of prolonged fatigue that causes an individual to experience ongoing mild to moderate disruptions to their mood, thinking and behavior. Chronic mental health fatigue requires intentional self-care and professional intervention.

Associated Symptoms

Include but are not limited to:

 

  • chronic brain fog

  • mild to moderate inability to think clearly

  • mild to moderate lack of focus

  • forgetfulness

  • mild to moderate exasperation

  • mild to moderate irritability

  • unexplainable sadness

  • unexplainable bouts of anger toward self and others

  • feelings of anxiety

  • feelings of insecurity

  • feelings of frustration

  • feelings of hopelessness

  • feelings of helplessness

  • feeling defeated

  • mild to moderate lack of energy

Possible Causes

Include but are not limited to:

  • prolonged physical health ailments

  • prolonged pain

  • prolonged grief

  • ongoing stress without relief

  • prolonged sleep imbalances

  • mild Traumatic Brain Injury

  • social, emotional, psychological trauma

  • physical trauma

  • environmental allergies

  • food allergies

  • food sensitivities

  • buildup of toxins in the body

  • nutritional imbalances

  • prolonged relationship struggles family │ friend │ romantic

Mental Health Distress

A state of distress that causes an individual to experience acute yet intense and significant disruptions to their mood, thinking and behavior. Mental health distress often requires intervention through intentional self-care or with the assistance of a professional in order to alleviate symptoms and/or prevent secondary ailments.

Associated Symptoms

Include but are not limited to:

  • brain fog

  • inability to think clearly

  • lack of focus

  • forgetfulness

  • exasperation

  • irritability

  • overwhelmed with negative emotions

  • inability to feel loved

  • feelings of concern

  • feelings of fear

  • feelings of hopelessness

  • feelings of anger 

Possible Causes

Include but are not limited to:

 

  • serious illness

  • serious injury

  • intense grief

  • abrupt & dramatic change

  • nutritional imbalances

  • environmental factors

  • food allergies

  • food sensitivities

  • social, emotional, psychological trauma

  • physical trauma

  • significant & ongoing relationship struggles - family │ friend │ romantic

  • death of a loved one

Mental Health Disorders

Disorders that are inherited and/or developed over time that affect an individual’s mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of common mental health disorders include anxiety disorders, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and addictive behaviors. Mental health disorders nearly always require professional intervention/s to alleviate symptoms.

Associated Symptoms

Include but are not limited to:

 

  • confused thinking

  • reduced ability to concentrate

  • feeling sad or down

  • excessive fears or worries

  • extreme feelings of guilt

  • extreme mood changes of highs and lows

  • excessive anger, hostility or violence

  • significant tiredness, low energy

  • problems sleeping

  • inability to cope with daily problems or stress

  • trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people

  • withdrawal from friends and activities

  • major changes in eating habits

  • problems with alcohol or drug use

  • sex drive changes

  • thoughts of suicide

  • detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations

Possible Causes

Include but are not limited to:

  • genetic predisposition

  • environmental factors

  • social, emotional, psychological trauma

  • physical trauma

  • mild Traumatic Brain Injury

  • untreated chronic mental health struggles

  • untreated mental health distress

  • serious illness

  • serious injury

  • prolonged pain

  • prolonged stress

  • nutritional imbalances

Mental Health Crisis

A time of intense difficulty that results in an individual losing the ability to maintain a rational state of mind which increases the risk of self-harm and/or suicide. A mental health crisis can be experienced by anyone at any time regardless of mental health history.

Mental Health Struggles & Mental Illness

Generic and all-encompassing terms used to reference the ailments one faces when their mental health is compromised.

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