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Mental Health and Addictions


In the midst of the pandemic, stress, anxiety about the loss of a job and emotions at all times, are some of the causes that affect our body, our health and at the same time and in silence, damage the mind and affect the emotional stability.

But what is mental health and what are some of the ways to deal with this problem? There are several ways to define this condition and this is one of them "Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects the way we think, feel and act. It also helps us determine how to manage stress, relate to other people, and make decisions. Mental health is important at all stages of life, from childhood and adolescence to adulthood," according to mentalhealth.gov

As we have mentioned in previous editions, sometimes to reduce some problems and evade them to avoid facing them, we look for ineffective ways to combat them and take refuge in the abuse of social media, abuse in the consumption of substances such as alcohol and all kinds of narcotics, abuse of prescription drugs and others. These "momentary solutions" only strengthen the problem, so it is important to seek professional help to get out of this crisis.

Avoiding stigmatizing people suffering from signs of mental health is one of the effective mechanisms that work to help effectively. Mental health is not a minor thing and therefore should be given the seriousness it requires without judging and without criticizing. The causes of this emotional condition are varied, among which can be, biological factors, hereditary, brain chemistry, trauma, abuse, adverse childhood experiences, among others.

Being empathetic and helping the people around us starting with the family members, is a great step to prevent mental health problems from getting worse. When we are attentive and notice some important changes in a person's routine such as: sleeping hours, low concentration on day-to-day tasks, fatigue and constant discouragement, lack of energy and enthusiasm, sudden mood swings, first signs of depression, desolation, necessity to be alone all the time, among other signs, they give us information to act and, the first thing to do is talk to the person and try to figure out what is happening. Active listening is crucial.

To be able to get out of the problems related to mental health, the patient has to have a lot of fortitude and will, but above all, have the support of the people he/she trusts to be part of the recovery process and help at all times. Ask for professional assistance is paramount and must be available.

Being well with yourself should be physically and mentally; if you need assistance, do not hesitate to look for it and approach the people you trust. Everyone deserves to be healthy in every way. A person's ability to fully develop and achieve goals is part of living, being productive at work, achieving and celebrating goals, living and actively participating in community activities, and always seeing things from a positive point of view. Take care of yourself and pamper yourself!

Source: ¿Qué es la salud mental? | MentalHealth.gov

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