What is mental health?
Mental health is best defined as a persons condition as regards their psychological and emotional well being.
Up until recent times, mental health has been shown a tiny amount of attention by medical practitioners and mostly neglected by the masses. But the narrative is being changed tremendously. Now we have mental health clinics, mental health practitioners, books on mental health and a community steadily growing.
Contributing to this growth also, is my blog. With the mental health series that begins today, I’ll be enlightening you on first, the basic things you need to know about mental health. Coming up in subsequent posts will be- how to deal with drug addiction, dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts, personality disorders etc.
So shall we?
As stated earlier, we’re going to be on a series of various topics on Mental health but for the purpose of today’s post, we begin with BEHAVIOR.
What is Behavior?
Behavior can be defined as the manner in which an individual acts or functions.
Normal behavior is defined by the society in which a person lives in. Here is when behavioral and cultural differences sets in.
Here are some of the characteristics of normal behavior.
1. He or she is capable of changing his actions as the situation requires.
2. He has insights into cause and effects.
3. He is oriented into time, place and person. He may not know the exact date without looking at a calendar, but he does know the month, year and where he is.
4. He may or may not know why he behaves as he does at all times (usually he knows why).
5. His motivations are purposeful. He does not wander aimlessly but is in control of himself and his environment.
6. Major plans may include renting an apartment and then buying a house in the future.
7. More immediate plans may be to go to a movie this weekend with friends for entertainment and relaxation.
Abnormal behavior is any behavior that deviates from what is considered normal. According to Wikipedia, Behavior is considered abnormal when it is atypical or out of the ordinary, consists of undesirable behavior, and results in impairment in the individual’s functioning.
Some causes of behavioral disorders are:
• Brain damage.
• May be hereditary.
• Physical Illness
• Emotional upset at home.
• Relationship problems.
Symptoms of behavioral disorders.
According to Boston Children’s Hospital, some of the emotional symptoms of behavioral disorders include:
• Easily getting annoyed or nervous.
• Often appearing angry.
• Putting blame on others.
• Refusing to follow rules or questioning authority.
• Arguing and throwing temper tantrums.
• Having difficulty in handling frustration.
Unlike other types of health issues, a behavioral disorder will have mostly emotional symptoms, with physical symptoms such as a fever, rash, or headache being absent. However, sometimes people suffering from a behavioral disorder will develop a substance abuse problem, which could show physical symptoms such as burnt fingertips, shaking or bloodshot eyes.
And that is it for today. I hope you were able to learn a thing or two and weren’t totally bored all through the read. I’ll be discussing COPING MECHANISM in my next post and it promises to be an exiting and enlightening read.
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References: psycheguides.com; Wikipedia;Alison.com