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Mental Health vs. Mental Illness


Mental Health vs. Mental Illness:


Mental health or 'mental wellbeing' is a positive concept and it is about more than the absence of mental illness. It refers to resilience and good functioning, but also incorporates flourishing, happiness and getting the most out of life.


Mental health also refers to our cognitive, and/or emotional wellbeing - it is all about how we think, feel and behave. According to WHO (World Health Organization), mental health is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community".


Mental illness is a term that is used to refer to a wide range of mental disorders that can be diagnosed by a health care professional according to standardized criteria.. It is a health problem that significantly affects how a person thinks, behaves and interacts with other people. It results from complex interactions between the mind, body and environment.  Common examples are depression, anxiety, psychosis and eating disorders.






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