Mental health, also sometimes called emotional health, is the ability to be well-balanced and in control of your thoughts, emotions, and actions. People with good mental health generally have good relationships with others. They can keep the ups and downs of life in perspective and handle ordinary stress. They are able to work and participate in activities they enjoy. They may sometimes get upset or feel sad, but overall they are able to overcome negative emotions.
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What is mental health?
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What is the purpose of anxiety?
Sheri Van Dijk, Psychiatry, answeredAll of our emotions serve a purpose. Anxiety comes to tell you that there is something dangerous in your environment that may be a threat to you, and the emotion mobilizes you either to stay and fight or to run for your life. When your brain senses danger, your sympathetic nervous system gets triggered. This is the system in the body that is responsible for your fear response and is essentially the way your body prepares to defend itself.
The activation of this system leads to the production of adrenaline, which causes an increase in your heart rate and the strength of your heartbeat. This speeds up the rate at which blood flows and directs the blood to places it is needed the most in order to help you flee or fight (for example, to the large muscles in your legs and arms so you can move more quickly).
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How is adjustment disorder in veterans treated?
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Since the cause of adjustment disorder is a specific life change or stress, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms. You can’t undo the life change, but you can get help in returning to your normal level of functionality. Treatment can also prevent the disorder from developing into major depression. The primary treatment option is therapy or counseling. This can take the form of one-on-one sessions with a psychotherapist, family counseling, or group therapy. Or, you can participate in a support group with other veterans or civilians who have been coping with the same stressor. Members of the support group can provide encouragement and strategies for dealing with loss or change. A support group can also give you new social attachments, to replace those you may have lost through death or divorce. If medication is prescribed, it is usually short-term and in combination with therapy. Adjustment disorders are resolved over time and with treatment, and rarely last longer than six months.
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