Mental health is not to be taken for granted. Mental disorders are as rampant as physical illnesses. People don’t waste time in visiting the doctor upon falling physically sick. But, because of ignorance and denial, many mentally unstable people don’t even realize or accept that they have a mental health issue. On the other hand, many find it difficult to ask for help regarding mental health. Here’s why you need to treat mental health issues as seriously as physical ailments:
1. Mental health problems are a lot more common than you think :
Many people are under the assumption that mental disorders are rare and cannot occur to them as they have been normal all their life. Being under such an impression is risky as one would take less care of his/her mind during the daily struggles of life. Long work hours, limited social life, addictions of devices like phones and computers, etc. have led to an increase in the vulnerability of the young generation toward mental illness.
2. Mental health problems can be disastrous and life-threatening :
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, and this time might be reduced to 20 seconds by 2020. Poor mental health is a leading cause of suicide, the victims of which are people of all ages. Mental disorders like schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and bipolar disorder can even cause unintentional accidents. Some mental illnesses are characterized by self-harming tendencies in their patients. All of these facts suggest that a lack of mental health can damage a person greatly and even permanently.
3. You need good mental health to perform well in anything :
Our cognitive performance is directly proportional to our mental health. Even something as minor as a bad mood with anger, fear or sadness can worsen our performance by a noticeable amount. A lot of mental disorders cause learning disabilities in children during their growing age, leading to lifelong dependence on others. People are now starting to realize the importance of mental peace, which is why successful people like world leaders, CEO’s, athletes and artists have begun to spare time for daily activities like meditation and yoga.
4. Poor mental health can lead to poor physical health :
Our mind and body are interconnected entities. Anxiety is known to cause indigestion and diarrhea. Depression can cause weakness, fatigue and sleepiness. Similarly, most of the other psychological problems have a tendency to manifest themselves through physical problems. This is why a mentally unwell person can’t stay physically fit for long.
5. Having good mental health makes life worth living :
Poor mental health is characterized by an abnormal increase in negative emotions such as sadness, fear and anger. These emotions drain out the satisfaction and fulfillment we need to feel in our lives. Inability to experience pleasure and joy in small things can lead to a rather boring and unrewarding life.
It is quite clear from the above-mentioned pointers that mental health should be prioritized as much as, if not more, than physical health. So make sure to take measures for keeping your mind healthy and do not refrain from asking for help during rough times.