What is Mental Health

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Michelle Barratt Psychology is a Toowong and Redland Bay / Wynnum – Manly Clinical Psychology Practice, and aims to provide treatment for Mental Illness in Brisbane at the highest standard. The practice values implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support their clients feel safe, heard and understood, but also strives to offer effective treatment that will empower clients to learn new skills to support them in the future. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don’t hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

What is Mental Health?

Mental Health encompasses many areas of our overall, everyday functioning which covers our emotional, psychological and social well being. Healthy to unhealthy mental health levels will affect and or impact our ability to manage:

  • Ones mood
  • Regulate one’s mood
  • Our relationships
  • Stress
  • Time-manage and
  • Implement Organisational skills
  • Make good decisions/choices in our life
  • How we process or perceive certain information

From childhood and adolescence all the way through adulthood and old age, the state of our mental health has a significant impact on how well we operate. You can investigate what is affecting your mental health and determine whether it may be caused by:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

One in five Australians experience mental illness at some point in their lives, according to the data. Therefore, managing your mental health will be simpler the earlier you can get expert assistance.

Early Warning Signs

Mental Health encompasses many areas of our overall, everyday functioning which covers our emotional, psychological and social well being. Healthy to unhealthy mental health levels will affect and or impact our ability to manage:

  • Ones mood
  • Regulate one’s mood
  • Our relationships
  • Stress
  • Time-manage and
  • Implement Organisational skills
  • Make good decisions/choices in our life
  • How we process or perceive certain information

From childhood and adolescence all the way through adulthood and old age, the state of our mental health has a significant impact on how well we operate. You can investigate what is affecting your mental health and determine whether it may be caused by:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

One in five Australians experience mental illness at some point in their lives, according to the data. Therefore, managing your mental health will be simpler the earlier you can get expert assistance.

What is mental illness?

When a person’s “mental health levels” have a significant negative impact on many aspects of their daily functioning, including how they think, behave, and interact with others, as well as their ability to maintain their typically positive relationships and commitments to their personal and professional lives, they are said to have a mental health problem. If this is really the case, you are usually not in the wrong if you look into it or think “something else is going on” and “ask the question,” “Are you ok? ” . Fundamentally, a person’s mental illness will more or less have an impact on how they think, feel, and behave, so perhaps it would be a good idea to encourage yourself or someone else to get professional assistance. This could be a very significant turning point in their lives.  An unfortunate fact about the Australian population is that one in five people may have a mental illness at some point in their lives. According to data from Beyond Blue, 1 in 5 Australian workers suffer from mental diseases like melancholy and anxiety, with a cost to employers of at least $10.9 billion annually.

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

However, no-one expects you to diagnose yourself or that ‘some-one else’, but mental illnesses are of many different types, degrees and severity. They have different causes, symptoms and onsets. Some of the major types are:

These illnesses may also be referred to as a mental disorder, mental impairment or psychiatric disability. At the end of the day, please don’t hesitate to seek professional support if you feel you or someone else requires psychological interventions – contact us through emailing us below; just press the ‘Contact Us’ button which will immediately take you through to an Email Form.

What causes mental illness?

Numerous causes, most likely the result of unfavourable interactions between the mind, body, and environment, frequently contribute to mental disease. Some of the elements that can lead to mental diseases include:

  • Long-term and acute stress
  • Biological factors such as genetics, chemistry and hormones; all creating a higher predisposition to having depression
  • Use of alcohol, drugs and other substances
  • Cognitive patterns such as constant negative thoughts, low self esteem lowering self-worth and deep negative well established thinking patterns
  • Social factors such as isolation, financial problems, family breakdown, abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, emotional and sexual), trauma and violence

The factors mentioned above however, can often be minimized by a strong and supportive community, as well as with psychological and medical support.​

What causes mental illness?

Mental illness often results from a multitude of factors that are most likely a negative interplay of complex interactions between the mind, body and environment. Some of the factors that can contribute to mental illnesses are:

  • Long-term and acute stress
  • Biological factors such as genetics, chemistry and hormones; all creating a higher predisposition to having depression
  • Use of alcohol, drugs and other substances
  • Cognitive patterns such as constant negative thoughts, low self esteem lowering self-worth and deep negative well established thinking patterns
  • Social factors such as isolation, financial problems, family breakdown, abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, emotional and sexual), trauma and violence

The factors mentioned above however, can often be minimized by a strong and supportive community, as well as with psychological and medical support.​

The Mental Health Cost to the Australian People.

Beyond Blue has released statistics stating that 1 in 5 Australian workers experience mental-health illnesses such as depression and anxiety, and the cost to businesses was at least $10.9 billion a year.

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