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Mental Wellness – What It Means for Overall Health

According to WHO, Mental Health is defined as “A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, copes with the normal stress of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood through adulthood and attributes significantly to our physical well-being in terms of feeling healthy and energetic. How we deal with our emotions, relate to others, our thinking (attitude), and the way we feel and interact socially – all impact our overall wellness.

Health is more than the absence of disease; it enables social, economic and personal development, fundamental to well-being.


Factors contributing to mental health problems include:


Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry


Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse


Family history of mental health problems

Comparison of Negative and Positive Mental Health:

Early Indicators of Mental Health Problems

Indicators of Positive Mental Health

Withdrawing from people and activities Coping with life’s stresses
Unable to sleep well or sleep excessively Working productively
Lack of energy, feeling hopeless Realizing full potential
Detached from situations around Making meaningful contributions to the society
Unexplained aches and pains

Ways to Maintain Positive Health :

Excessive smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs Developing positive attitude, emotions & moods
Unusual confusion, forgetfulness, edgy, angry, upset, worried or scared Staying physically active and energetic
Fighting with family and friends Connecting with others
Relationship problems with high mood swings Getting sufficient sleep
Persisting thoughts and memories bothering you Developing coping skills
Hearing voices or believing things that are not true Helping others & creating positive relationships
Thoughts of harming yourself or others Getting professional help if needed
Unable to concentrate or perform one’s daily activities Willing to change/improve for the better
If you need help coping with your stress levels, depression, society, personal problems, emotions etc.
Talk to our experts (below) in psychology and psychiatry, over tele or video consultation
Dr. Selvizhi S Dr.Deva Kumar A.D Dr. Usha Rani Dr. Radhika A Dr. Srivashini S Dr. Ramakrishna R
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Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.

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