Mental health is how emotionally healthy one feels – how happy they are and how well they feel inside.
Mental ill-health covers a wide range of problems which affect one’s ability to get on with their daily life and can affect anyone, of any age and background, as well as having an impact on the people around them – for example their family, friends and people close to them.
Most people can recover from their mental health problems with care and time, however, some may have long-term problems, needing treatment, and this can lead to disruption and difficultly in their lives.
Mental health problems can be separated into two groups.
Neurotic symptoms can be regarded as severe forms of ‘normal’ emotional experiences, eg. anxiety, stress etc. Conditions referred to as neuroses are sometimes called “common mental health problems”.
Not quite so common are psychotic symptoms, which can interfere with a person’s sense of reality. This may include hallucinations such as seeing, hearing, smelling or feeling things that no-one else can. Some mental health problems feature both of these symptoms.
Sadly, one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem. However, only a small number will be diagnosed with a serious mental health problem. If you feel you are experiencing mental health problems make sure you talk to someone you trust or your GP. It’s important you seek support as much can be done to help you.
By Holly Bass, 15 and Rebecca Szkudro,15 Jedburgh