Mental health, which refers to a person's emotional, psychological, and social well-being, affects how people think, feel, and act. Having poor mental health is not the same as having a diagnosed mental illness. Mental illness refers to disorders that impair psychological function and disrupt an individual's mood, emotions, and behavior. Having a mental illness does not prevent people from achieving mental and social well-being, nor does the absence of mental illness prevent people from experiencing periods of poor mental health.
The concepts of mental health and mental illness are not fixed. Differences in community values and cultural traditions have challenged the prevailing definitions developed by Western medicine. Culture affects how people describe and present signs of poor mental health. Cultural...Read more