When we talk about mental health, we mean anything that relates to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. So, the term "mental illness" refers to any condition that has a negative effect on those aspects of our lives.
There are many types of mental illness. Some are extremely common and can be well-managed by lifestyle changes or medication. Other conditions might require more serious medical intervention. Here at Mobilize AZ online, we focus on depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention. (To learn more about other mental health concerns, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness or the National Institute of Mental Health.)
The mind-body connection
Staying healthy is a matter of taking care of yourself physically and emotionally through every stage of life. Everybody needs to exercise, eat right, and stay in shape emotionally. So, are you taking good care of your whole self?
Whatever the diagnosis, it’s important to remember that a mental illness is a medical condition. It is not a sign of weakness, nor is it something to blame yourself (or anyone else) for having. Just as you would consult a doctor to treat a sinus infection or broken bone, you should do the same with a mental health concern. Seeking help when you need it is something to be proud of!
Depression is a serious illness that involves the brain’s chemistry. Its symptoms range from mild to severe and can vary from person to person. An estimated 15% of all American adults will experience depression at some point.2 Left untreated, depression can rob people of their ability to participate fully in daily activities and can even threaten their physical health. Get fast facts about depression.