Today, there are many individuals struggling with understanding the differences between mental health and mental illness. This mental health awareness post seeks to enlighten individuals regarding the common differences.
Mental Health vs. Mental Illness-What are the differences?
Mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
It is estimated that only about 17% of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health. There is emerging evidence that positive mental health is associated with improved health outcomes.
Mental illness is defined as “collectively all diagnosable mental disorders” or “health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.”
**** Depression is the most common type of mental illness, affecting more than 26% of the U.S. adult population. It has been estimated that by the year 2020, depression will be the second-leading cause of disability throughout the world, trailing only ischemic heart disease. ****
For more info, please visit the Center for Diseases Control (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/