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Change Your Mind About Mental Health. Mental health.

Change Your Mind About Mental Health

It's the way your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect your life. Good mental health leads to positive self-image and in turn, satisfying relationships with friends and others. Having good mental health helps you make good decisions and deal with life's challenges at home, work, or school. Let's end mental health discrimination. Talk about mental illness. You don’t have to be an expert to talk about mental health.

Talk about mental illness

If your friend had a broken leg, or he or she had just come out of hospital after an operation, you probably wouldn't think twice about asking how they were. Anyone can experience a mental health problem, so being able to talk about it is important to us all. You don't need to be an expert about mental health though. Sometimes, just doing the little things, like asking someone how they are, is all it takes to let someone know you're still thinking about them and make a big difference to how they're feeling. Telephone support, mental illness helpline. SANE runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.

Telephone support, mental illness helpline

We are open every day of the year from 6pm to 11pm. Causes of mental disorders. As defined by experts, a mental disorder is "a clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome or psychological pattern that occurs in an individual and that is associated with present or disability or with a significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability, or an important loss of freedom"[1] The causes of mental disorders are generally complex and vary depending on the particular disorder and the individual.

Causes of mental disorders

Although the causes of some mental disorders are unknown, it has been found that different Biological, Psychological, and Environmental Factors can all contribute to the development or progression of mental disorders. Bipolar Disorder Signs & Symptoms: Mania & Bipolar Depression. What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior—from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months.

And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function. During a manic episode, a person might impulsively quit a job, charge up huge amounts on credit cards, or feel rested after sleeping two hours. During a depressive episode, the same person might be too tired to get out of bed, and full of self-loathing and hopelessness over being unemployed and in debt. The causes of bipolar disorder aren’t completely understood, but it often appears to be hereditary. 10 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health. Anyone can make simple changes that have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing. We've come up with ten practical ways to take care of yourself and get the most from life.

Happiness and Emotional Well-Being - Emotional Health Center. A healthy diet and exercise are great for your body, but don't neglect your emotional health and well-being.

Happiness and Emotional Well-Being - Emotional Health Center

Reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and having fun are all ways to find happiness. When your mind is frazzled and stressed, and your emotions are taking over your thoughts and affecting your everyday activities, it's time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and relax. Of course focusing on your physical health is crucial, but so is treating your mind and spirit to the same attention. Your happiness goes a long way in protecting your overall well-being. Happiness and Well-Being: Why It's Important. 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back. Here are some ideas to get you started: Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.

Update: Read our follow-up to this post: 30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself Photo by: Rob Brucker Related. Creativity linked to mental health. New research shows a possible explanation for the link between mental health and creativity.

Creativity linked to mental health

By studying receptors in the brain, researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have managed to show that the dopamine system in healthy, highly creative people is similar in some respects to that seen in people with schizophrenia. High creative skills have been shown to be somewhat more common in people who have mental illness in the family. Creativity is also linked to a slightly higher risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Certain psychological traits, such as the ability to make unusual pr bizarre associations are also shared by schizophrenics and healthy, highly creative people. And now the correlation between creativity and mental health has scientific backing. "The study shows that highly creative people who did well on the divergent tests had a lower density of D2 receptors in the thalamus than less creative people," says Dr Ullén. Mental Health Recovery: Avoiding Triggers! I hate to admit it, but when you live with a mental illness there are probably things you/we need to avoid–things that can upset the stability we have fought so hard to find.

Mental Health Recovery: Avoiding Triggers!

First, let’s break it down a little bit. Using Addiction as an Example… Let’s use the example of addiction. How does Exercise Improve Mental Health? We know that exercise has positive effects on the brain.

How does Exercise Improve Mental Health?

Researchers at Duke University demonstrated several years ago that exercise has antidepressant properties. Other research has shown that exercise can improve the brain functioning of the elderly and may even protect against dementia. How does exercise improve mental health? One theory for some of the benefits of exercise include the fact that exercise triggers the production of endorphins. These natural opiates are chemically similar to morphine. Some studies have found that exercise boosts activity in the brain's frontal lobes and the hippocampus. The Opposite Side of Dopamine: The D2 Receptor. When most people think of dopamine, they think of things that can get you high.

The Opposite Side of Dopamine: The D2 Receptor

Things that feel good. Cocaine. Sex. Food. We imagine floods of dopamine in our brains as the pleasurable feelings take hold. And sure, sometimes it does. This current paper looks at the way we look at D2 receptor function.