What are Some Common Mental Health issues?

As I’m sure many of you are aware (though it’s okay if you’re not), mental health is a major problem in todays society, especially as ways of thinking have evolved and we have more from a physiological focus to including mental illness as an equal. This acknowledgement means a lot more people can seek help as the social stigma (or negative bias) is reduced and it has become less shameful. Though many are aware of how prominent these issues are, I think it’s important to recognise that it is believed that up to 15% or 1/6 of the population are dealing with mental issues are any one time (NICE/Mind). Whereas 25% or ¼ will experience mental health issues at some point in their life. The impacts of this can be seen throughout society – one example being that In 2018 over 4 million sick days were taken as a result of mental health – almost a quarter of all sick days. Though statistics do differ greatly depending on the source, this is due to a number of factors, including people still feeling ashamed to take days off for their mental health.

It is important to remember that with mental health there is a strong chance that more than one will be present – this is known as co-morbidity, which further complicates diagnosis and recognition. What also makes mental health a difficult topic to tackle is that conditions present themselves in varying severities, but for simplicities sake, we will boil this down to mild, moderate and severe.

The National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) recognise the following conditions as particularly prevalent in today’s society; Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorders, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, and PTSD.

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