10.23.2017

Is it time you talked about your mental health?

Did you know that up to 1 in 4 people in the US will suffer from a mental health condition in their lifetime? We tend to think of being healthy as being free from coughs and colds, having a balanced diet and being active, but the truth is that you could have the fittest, strongest body and still be unwell. Mental health is as important as physical health, but for some reason, we’re not very good at talking about it. You probably wouldn’t think twice about telling a friend that you’d broken your ankle, or you had a headache, but would you open up if you felt anxious or you’d struggled to get out of bed that day because you felt so low? Mental health should be an issue that concerns us all. Is it time you talked about your psychological wellbeing more?



What’s normal?
One of the most difficult aspects of mental health is the absence of visible symptoms. You can tell if a friend is under the weather when they’re limping around, clutching their back or sneezing endlessly, but how do you know if they’re feeling sad, stressed or anxious? It’s also hard to diagnose yourself. How do you know that your feelings are any different to other people’s? Take anxiety as an example. It’s natural to feel anxious in scenarios when there’s something at stake, or you’re about to enter uncharted territory, so what’s the difference between this type of anxiety and the feelings you have when you have an anxiety disorder? If you’re nervous about a test, an interview or a date, this is understandable, but what happens when you can’t relax, and you feel anxious in a situation where everybody around you feels comfortable? You know yourself better than anyone, and sometimes, even the most minor, innocuous-seeming changes can indicate that you may not be as healthy as you think. If you’d like more information about signs and symptoms to look out for, you may find this page helpful https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/default.htm. If you feel different, and you can’t say that you feel OK, it’s fine to admit this.

Seeking help
Many people find it difficult to take that step and seek help for mental health problems. For some reason, it’s a lot harder to reach out than it is when you have an injury, or you’ve been coughing for weeks. The reality is that the sooner you seek advice, the better. Mental health illnesses can become more advanced and sometimes, this can happen very quickly. There are lots of different treatment options, from self-help techniques for mild symptoms to medication, talking therapies and programs like those offered by CompassHealthCenter.net. The first step is to talk to your doctor. They will ask you about your symptoms and have a chat with you to see how you’re feeling. You may also find it helpful to open up to a close friend or a family member who you trust. Sometimes, taking that step and admitting that everything isn’t fine and dandy can lift a weight off your shoulders.


It can be very difficult to talk about mental health. When somebody asks you if you’re ok, don’t be afraid to say no and open up if you feel able to. The more we talk about mental health, the better. 

1 comment

  1. Thank you for talking about something that many people are afraid to talk about. This was a very informative and helpful post and I enjoyed reading it. Thank you again for sharing!

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