Mental Health

Woman in mental pain

Mental health encompasses a broad array of factors that determine one's mental state — namely, the ability to think, process information, relate to others, maintain certain moods, feel emotion and function on a daily basis. Mental disorders, diseases and illness compromise these abilities and can adversely affect one's natural mental health. Biological, environmental and socioeconomic factors often play a role in determining mental health as well. 

Mental illness is a widespread global issue. According to the U.K. Department of Health, one in four adults will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. The World Health Organization estimates 450 million people worldwide currently suffer from mental disorders. Nonetheless, the U.S.-based National Alliance on Mental Illness notes that 70 to 90 percent of mental health cases undergo an alleviation in symptoms when they are medically treated.

General mental health treatment techniques include taking prescribed medication, participating in various psychotherapy methods or undergoing some form of brain stimulation therapy such as electroconvulsive therapy. A combination of the three techniques is also common. (Photo: Shutterstock)


Got an earworm? Here's a simple trick to make it stop

Brain-training benefits may be all in your head

Why you should cultivate your inner dabbler

You have 17 different facial expressions to show happiness (and that's reason to smile)

Holding a grudge can be surprisingly healthy

Your personality type could determine if you'll get SAD this winter

Why and how you should start a sit-spot routine

PAWS Act pulls pets of domestic violence victims into the safety net

Let go of what you can't control — here's how

Science proves it's better to give than receive

Loneliness peaks during these 3 age ranges

7 nutrient deficiencies that can make you sick