Mental Health in America: A Fixable Issue

State of Mental Health in America

Millions of people suffer on a daily basis from mental health disorders. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. These issues can cause changes in your thinking, mood, and behavior. Americans specifically tend to suffer from depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive behavior, and personality disorders without even being aware.

Many issues factor in to a mental health disorders including the mind and body. Taking care of your body will help take care of your mental health. Everything is connected, from getting a good night’s sleep, to eating the right foods. When one is well rested they can think and process information better and also digest better, giving their body the proper nutrients and strength it needs. People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships.

Both over eating and under eating can cause stress on your body. Over eating causes your body to work harder than it needs to when digesting your food, using up more energy and causing you to be weak. Under eating does not provide your body with enough energy that it needs to get you through the day. By eating the right amount of food, enough to make you feel full and not stuffed, you will help your body and mental health tremendously throughout your lifetime. Eating all the proper food groups and eating fresh fruits and vegetables will increase your metabolism allowing you to go about your day with the proper energy needed.

“Positive emotions expand our awareness and open us up to new ideas, so we can grow and add to our toolkit for survival,” explains Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson, a psychologist and expert on emotional wellness at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “People need negative emotions to move through difficult situations and respond to them appropriately in the short term”.

Living in a stressful environment can be a main factor in what is driving a person’s mental health disorder. Someone who suffers from a mental health disorder needs an outlet to ease their stress. The most common outlet is usually a therapist. Having another human being to vent to and release all your worries has been proven to be the healthiest form of stress-relief.

As many people use friends or their companions as their human form of stress-relief it can end up taking a toll on the relationship. While friends are there to listen to your problems, they are not paid to sit and listen to you talk. They also do not guarantee your privacy. Using a therapist keeps your issues confidential and focused on you without having the other person feeling burdened.

Studies have proven that 71% of people turn to other human beings during times of stress. Connection with others has shown increase in happiness and decrease in depression among human beings. Online therapy, also known as e-counseling, offers that connection and support system at your convenience. From the convenience of your own home, on your schedule, you can speak with a therapist and seek the advice and help you need.

Online therapy allows you to find the right therapist for you. It is important to find a therapist that you can feel comfortable with, enough to open up about your deepest darkest secrets, and also someone who can validate how you are feeling and help you solve your problems. Finding the support you need without the inconvenience of having to go into an office is what has made e-counseling so popular.

Research has found a link between an upbeat mental health state and improved physical health, including lower blood pressure, reduced risk for heart disease, healthier weight, better blood sugar levels, and longer life. Taking care of your mental health will not only create a more positive lifestyle for you, but also for everyone around you. E-counseling brings a person to be more aware of their emotions and reactions. Online therapy has been proven to help people stay positive, deal with their difficulties in a stress-free way, and be an all-around happier person.

Eric Silver serves on both our writing and editing teams at Eric has developed a personal passion for spreading mental health awareness since becoming caretaker for a close family member battling severe depression nearly 20 years ago. He’s researched and written extensively on mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety. Eric’s work has been published on therapy and depression blogs all across the web.