Take Care of Your Mental Health – World Mental Health Day: October 11
Mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It may also affect how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices during an emergency.
People with pre-existing mental health conditions or substance use disorders may be particularly vulnerable in an emergency. Mental health conditions (such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia) affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior in a way that influences their ability to relate to others and function each day.
Mental and physical health are equally important components of overall health. Mental illness, especially depression, increases the risk for many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Similarly, the presence of chronic conditions may increase the risk for mental illness.
It’s important to remember that a person’s mental health may change over time, depending on many factors. When the demands placed on a person exceed their resources and coping abilities, their mental health could be impacted. People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. If you think this could be you, contact your physician today.