Having good mental health is not simply the absence of a mental illness; it is our ability to:
The severity and duration of symptoms a person experiences and the impact it has on their life will indicate if it is the early signs of a mental health condition, requiring diagnosis and treatment from a trained health professional.
Some symptoms of mental health difficulties are described using words that are in everyday use, for example 'depressed' or 'anxious'. This can make them seem easier to understand, but can also mean people underestimate how serious and severe the symptoms can be.
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions or disorders that affect our mood, thinking and behavior.
Mental Illness is:
"Having a mental illness feels just as stressful as any other illness –
Only other people can not see it."
Mental illnesses vary in severity and duration and affect people in different ways. Most people experience mild to moderate severity of symptoms related to mental illness. The effects of mental illness can be temporary or long lasting.
Although certain symptoms are common in specific mental health conditions, no two people behave in exactly the same way when they are unwell. This is why diagnosis by a
trained health professional is so important. Some people may experience more than one mental health condition at the same time.
Research conducted in Qatar suggests mental health issues are common and that 1 in 5 people will be affected by mental illness at any given point in time.
The most common mental illnesses are:
Learn more about the signs and symptoms of
Three of the six most burdensome diseases in Qatar are mental illnesses
Other mental health conditions include:
Mental illness can begin at any age, from childhood through later adult years, however most begin earlier in life.
Although mental illness is common globally and locally – there is still
stigma and shame associated with mental illness, as well as many myths about the reasons
why people develop the illnesses. Many people who face mental health difficulties keep their feelings and symptoms hidden because they are afraid of other people's reactions.
It is possible to
recover from a mental illness, especially if a person
seeks medical advice,
treatment and support as early as possible.