Annually, World Mental Health Day on October 10th raises awareness and mobilizes efforts to support mental health.
Mental health is a hot topic. This is good news. It means the stigma for mental health issues is slowly going away. Mental health issues are finally getting the attention they deserve. Healthcare workers and individuals feel they can discuss mental health more openly. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still work to do, however.
As a whole, we often misunderstand mental health because it is hard to define. Additionally, mental health includes several areas. These areas involve one’s social, emotional, and psychological well-being. Mental health affects thoughts, feelings, and actions. When one has positive mental health, they are better equipped to handle stress, be more productive, and realize their full potential.
When one has poor mental health, they are more likely to suffer from a mental health disorder. These disorders include the following diagnoses:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
- Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Of these mental health disorders, most people experience anxiety disorders. Statistics show about 4% of the world’s population has a form of anxiety disorder. In the United States, the percentage increases to just over 18% of the population.
Some people are at a high