What is Mental Health?
Mental health refers to a state of wellbeing that encompasses emotional, psychological and social components. It affects how people think, feel and behave, which in turn has an effect on how well people get along with others and manage stress.
Mental disorders can cause a profound disruption in mood and thinking. A person suffering from mental illness requires treatment to prevent or control the symptoms that cause them distress and disrupt their daily life.
Depression (also referred to as major depressive disorder or major depressive illness) is a condition in which you experience persistent low moods and lack the motivation to do things. This can have an adverse effect on your relationships with other people, work performance and even sleep quality.
Anxiety is a condition in which you experience extreme levels of anxiety most of the time and find it difficult to relax or take deep breaths. This can severely hinder your activities and may even lead to panic attacks.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition in which you experience strong urges to do certain things, such as cleaning or washing something.
Phobias are unfounded fears that have no apparent cause. Individuals may develop phobias about various things, such as spiders or flying.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological disorder in which you experience or witness severe trauma such as war. This can cause feelings of fear and the belief that your life or the lives of those close to you are in grave danger.