Common Q’s and A’s of Mental Health

Worth Living Ambassador Felicia Singh

Hello, my name is Felicia. I am a 25 year old healthcare professional and
counseling/psychology student with anxiety. As well as someone with an unexplainable
yearning to understand mental health disorders. The who, what, where, when, and whys of it all.

Common Q’s and A’s of Mental Health

Q: What is mental health?

A: Mental health refers to an individual’s psychological, emotional, and social well

Q: What is a mental illness?

A: Mental health illnesses are health conditions that affect mood, thinking, and
Q: How common are mental illnesses ?

A: Mental illnesses are pretty common. Studies show that 1 of every 5 adults in the U.S
experience  a mental illness every year. As well as 1 of every 5 youth between the ages
of  13-18 also experience a mental illness every year.

Q: How do I approach my health care provider about a possible mental illness?

A: The same way you would approach your health care provider with any other medical
issue. Discussing a mental health illness with your doctor is no different. Your primary
care doctor is usually the starting point for diagnosis and treatment options. They can
prescribe medication and refer you to other mental health professionals.

Q: How are mental illnesses treated?

A: Mental health illnesses are treated in many different ways. Treatment depends on
diagnosis, the severity of that diagnosis, and your individual needs. Treatments include
but are not limited to: Psychotherapy, medication, support groups, or
hospital /residential treatment programs.

Q: What can I do to promote good mental health in my life?

– Practice self -worth
– Get enough sleep
– Have a healthy diet
-Try to maintain a stable living environment
-Communicate your concerns with your doctor
– Exercise

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