Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. i.e., approx. 43.8 million people experience mental illness in a given year.
Mental illness issues are common these days. It’s a condition that affects your thought process i.e., how you think, feel, act, or relate to people or to your surroundings.
CAUSE OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Mental illnesses can be due to various genetic and environmental factors:
Inherited traits – Those who have a known family history of mental health issues have a high risk of mental illness.
Environmental exposures before birth – Exposure to environmental stressors, change in job/ school, a dysfunctional family life, social or cultural expectations, or substance abuse by the person or the person’s parents sometimes lead to mental health issues.
Psychological Factors – Some of the psychological factors that may contribute to mental illness include:
Any trauma experienced in childhood such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
Death of someone such as the loss of a parent
Poor ability to relate to others
SYMPTOMS OF MENTAL ILLNESS
It can range from mild to severe and can vary from person to person. However, proper treatment can bring your life to normal. Some of the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses include:
Feeling sad or down
Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
Living with mental illness is not easy. It’s a consistent problem without a clear solution, however with proper medication and psychotherapy treatment patients can be treated. Some of the common ways to cope with mental illness are:
Radical acceptance – Acceptance is really important to deal with mental illness. It will not only ease your life but will also help you to act, prepare, and keep yourself safe in difficult situations. Accept your feelings and seek help from the people you trust. You can read or talk about mental illness with your doctor. It will help you understand more about mental illnesses.
Deep breathing – Deep breathing is the best way to lower down your anxiety levels. When struggling with anxiety, you can turn to the concept of “5 3 7 breathing.”
Breathe in for 5 seconds
Hold the breath for 3 seconds
Breathe out for 7 seconds
Opposite-to-Emotion Thinking – It means you should act in the opposite way your emotion tell you to act. Suppose you’re feeling low and have an urge to isolate, do the opposite to it. Go out and be around people.