What You Don’t Know about Mental Wellness Can Hurt You

Care for Your Mental Well-Being

It is a given that physical illnesses are a relatively common and natural occurrence. Most, if not all, of us accepts the fact that our physical body do fall sick from time to time. When it comes to our mental wellness however, the situation is acutely dire and potentially disastrous.

You see, many people are either misinformed or have a fundamental misconception between physical, emotional and mental well-being on one hand, and mental disorders and distress on the other. We assume that our mental conditions are remarkably resilient and immune to any ailment whatsoever. This misunderstanding could be costly and painful.

When people are asked about their mental or emotional well-being, many of them seems genuinely surprised (and somewhat insulted) at the question.  Their typical answers are “What do you mean? Of course I’m mentally sound.” or “So what if I get upset, angry, or depress occasionally? That doesn’t mean I am mentally or emotionally unstable!”

Before going any further, let’s see what the World Health Organisation (WHO) define “health”:

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

– World Health Organisation

and here’s what the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Singapore, corroborating WHO’s stance, has to say about health:

“There is no health without mental health.”

Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

There you have it.

The importance of our mental wellness cannot be overemphasized. It is prudent for us all to realize the pivotal role our mental health plays in our overall health. In fact, mental distresses such as stress, anxiety, chronic anger, phobia, and depression has been scientifically proven to correlate to chronic physical illnesses. These ailments are also known as psychosomatic disorders.

Disease is to the body as dis-ease is to the mind.

Knowing what we know now. It is important to take charge of your mental health and to seek professional treatment early. It is equally crucial to recognize when your loved one needs help from a qualified therapist.