Mental Health

Mental health is one of the least talked about and most neglected areas of health, particularly among the male population. And yet, most people will suffer with at least one mental health problem throughout their lives.

Mental health problems can range from the normal everyday worries that we all experience from time-to-time, to more serious long-term conditions. If the condition progresses into something more persistent that would require a form of therapy such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy, it can be subdivided into one of two categories: neurotic or psychotic.

Neurotic problems are those classified as severe forms of ‘normal’ emotional experiences such as anxiety, depression or panic. These are referred to as common mental health conditions. More serious and less common are psychotic symptoms which can interfere with your perception of real-life, for example by suffering hallucinations. Mental health problems such as these are NOT personal weaknesses, but something which can be diagnosed by a doctor and helped with treatment.

The National Health Service (NHS) recently promised to transform mental health services by 2020. However there are effective and ineffective ways of doing this. Offering extensive support services that are easily accessible would be hugely beneficial. Giving doctors greater ability to prescribe often dangerous and ineffective antidepressant drugs to patients who may not need them is not an effective way. Sadly there is no quick fix for mental health, however don’t think of it as something that cannot be fixed – it most certainly can. Breaking down social stigma is certainly a good starting point.

Here at the Daily Health we hope to shed some light on how these problems can be tackled – for one, we believe the over-prescription of antidepressant drugs may be part of the problem, coupled with the over diagnosis of what are considered to be childhood behavioural problems, like ADHD. Mental health problems are something we all suffer from every now and again, so spend time going through our extensive archive and learn about effective ways to help you overcome the condition.

Latest Articles in Mental Health

Harnassing magnesium to combat mental health issues

Back in the June issue of The Journal of Natural Health Solutions, I wrote about the scandalous short-comings in our mental health services following a string of budget cuts. I fee...

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Vitamin D and omega-3 boost mental health

According to the latest research findings, vitamin D and omega-3 could work together to improve cognitive function, social behaviour and mental health, especially for those sufferi...

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Simple ways you can improve your mental health

Here’s something even I found surprising: a high resting heart rate and/or high blood pressure could be linked to your risk of developing a mental health problem. That’s accor...

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Are you being mistreated because you have a mental health issue?

When it comes to mental health, I’m afraid to say we are still stuck deep in the Middle Ages. What gets to me the most about how health professionals approach mental health is th...

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Sugar could increase the risk of depression

Sugar... who doesn’t like a bit of the sweet stuff? Especially on a rainy Sunday afternoon, curled up under a blanket while watching a film... dipping into a bowl of M&Ms......

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Swimming can be a game-changer for your health and well-being

I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to anyone who told me that they don’t like swimming. In fact, swimming is one of Britain’s favourite sports activities... and if you ask me,...

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The first steps to combating mental health issues

Struggling with a mental health condition, like depression, can make life difficult... not just for you, but also those around you. Of course, as humans we all go through a range...

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Could Curcumin Be An Alternative Treatment For Depression?

Previously, I told you about a recent Australian study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, which found that supplementing with curcumin helped to improve symptoms of...

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Mental health: Two steps forward, one step back

It had started to feel like we were making real strides forward when it comes to how we deal with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder....

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Are You Damaging Your Brain With These Anti-Anxiety Drugs?

This week was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, and it served as a personal reminder of how many struggle daily with anxiety, depression and other serious mental health condi...

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