Understanding Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month

When we hear the words mental health or mental illness, we tend to think it means that a person is “crazy”. That’s very rarely the case, but it is one of the reasons why I decided to write this article – to help people understand how severe and debilitating some mental health disorders can be. People living with these disorders struggle to do normal things in their everyday lives that we take for granted. What makes it worse, is that a lot of these illnesses are “invisible”. This means that people with mental disorders are often mocked or told that they are “faking” it.

A person needs to understand that there is a difference between mental health and mental illness.

Mental Health

Your emotional and psychological well-being is referred as your mental health. Leading a happy and healthy life are signs of good mental health. It helps you to show resilience and help cope with what ever curve ball life throws at you.

A variety of factors that could influence your mental health include life events or even your genetics. There are a lot of ways to help you keep a good mental health.

  • Positive attitude
  • Being physically active
  • Help others
  • Get enough sleep
  • Healthy diet
  • Ask for professional help should you need it
  • Interact and socialise with people you enjoy being with

Mental Illness

Mental illness can mean a wide variety of conditions that affect your way of life and the way you feel and think. As a result, it affects people’s ability to get through their day to day lives. Several factors can influence mental illness, which includes:

  • Genetics
  • The environment
  • Our daily habits
  • Biology

Mental Health Statistics

In South Africa, mental health issues are common. As many as one in six South Africans experience or suffer from anxiety, depression or substance-use problems (and this does not include more serious conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia), according to statistics released by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).

Women are more likely to experience SMI (Serious Mental Illness) than men, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The scary thing is the ages to most likely experience a SMI range from the ages of 18 to 25.

Here are some of the common mental illnesses affecting South Africans:

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is known as a chronic mental illness, and is characterized by episodes of energetic, manic highs and extreme, sometimes depressive lows. To make things worse, it affects a person’s energy levels and ability to think reasonably. Bipolar disorder can cause mood swings that are way more severe than the small up’s and down’s most people encounter in their daily lives.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

There is a big difference between regular everyday anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder. What’s the difference you might ask?

Regular everyday anxiety is like being nervous before a test, presentation, meeting, the list goes on and on, we’ve all experienced it.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) makes a person become extremely worried about things when there is no or little reason to worry. A person with generalized anxiety disorder tends to feel very nervous about getting through the day. The thought of things not working in their favor eats away at them. As a result, a person with GAD can have a hard time accomplishing everyday tasks and chores.

Mental illnesses symptoms may get worse if they are left untreated. Understand, that a person with a mental illness can still have a full and happy life. Research has shown that Ozone Therapy can help individuals suffering from a mental illness. It relaxes and calms a person, and through that helps manage the symptoms of mental illnesses.

In the end, whether you opt for ozone therapy is a decision only you can make. Yes, it is still new enough in the medical field that we still lack some definitive publicized research papers. However, at the same time there have been hundreds upon thousands of testimonials of those claiming that ozone has changed their lives completely.

If you want to try ozone, and decide for yourself, call us and book a relaxing 30-minute steam session. If nothing else, you’ll feel relaxed!

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