Good mental health is fundamental to overall health, to personal well-being, and to the ability to lead a healthy, balanced, and productive life. Mental health problems can impair a person's thinking, feeling, and behavior and can be serious and disabling. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's report on mental health, nearly half of all Americans with a severe mental illness fail to seek treatment.
Many people do not receive treatment for mental health problems due to a lack of awareness of the problem, fear of stigma, or lack of access to appropriate services. Yet, overall quality of life is greatly improved when a person with a mental health problem gets an early diagnosis and receives appropriate treatment.
Clinical depression is more than just the experience of feeling "blue;" it is a treatable illness. Some common symptoms are:
Depression is not a moral weakness. It is as real and as disabling as heart disease, diabetes and other major illnesses. It is most commonly treated with a combination of counseling and antidepressant medication.
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Holidays are a time of joy and celebration yet, for some, can also be stressful. The stress often comes from trying to create picture-perfect holidays which are unrealistic. Fortunately, the following "Holiday Stress Busters" can help.
The holiday season is generally thought of as a time of joy, but for many people, it's a time of loneliness. Some people live far from family and loved ones, others dread going to holiday parties and New Year's Eve without a partner. Holidays can also bring back memories of loved ones who have passed away.
Going to a family gathering when there's unresolved conflict, whether recent or from years ago, can be stressful. With conflict, even if both parties remain polite, feelings of pain and mistrust can linger under the surface. Bringing up old hurts can often backfire if the other party feels attacked. At the same time, holding onto resentment can poison feelings in the present. A holiday gathering is not the best time to rehash old conflicts.
If you feel strained in your relationship with your family (because sibling rivalry, in-law troubles, favoritism, divorce, etc.) you not alone. With families of origin, people often regress to behavior patterns they had when they were younger. It can be stressful to feel pulled toward old patterns, especially if you've grown beyond those roles and they no longer reflect who you are. In the future you can: