What is mental health? The term itself has a stigmatic connotation to it referring more to mental disorders or mental health problems. The truth is, it’s “relating to the total emotional and intellectual response of an individual to external reality” associated to both good and bad mentality. Even though this is true, most people tend to use the alternate mentalism definition “relating to, or affected by a psychiatric disorder : mentally disordered : mad, crazy b: intended for the care or treatment of persons affected by psychiatric disorders”.
Merriam Webster online dictionary definition:
MENTAL : men·tal : Pronunciation: \ˈmen-təl\ Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin mentalis, from Latin ment-, mens mind — more at mind
1 a : of or relating to the mind; specifically : of or relating to the total emotional and intellectual response of an individual to external reality b : of or relating to intellectual as contrasted with emotional activity c : of, relating to, or being intellectual as contrasted with overt physical activity d : occurring or experienced in the mind : inner e : relating to the mind, its activity, or its products as an object of study : ideological f : relating to spirit or idea as opposed to matter
2 a (1) : of, relating to, or affected by a psychiatric disorder (2) : mentally disordered : mad, crazy b : intended for the care or treatment of persons affected by psychiatric disorders
Right here on the Psych Central network, there are many valuable resources on the subject of Alcoholism, Sexual Issues, Child Disorders, Eating Disorders, Sleep Problems, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Attention Deficit (ADHD), and Anxiety & Panic. I encourage my readers to take advantage of them and to get to know all the other bloggers here… Just make sure, you bookmark my site and come back for a laugh or two now and again!!
Another good place is the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It’s a great site to research a lot of different types of mental disorders… It’s like mental floss for the brain!! Here is a example of some of the defined terms:
- AIDS – Neurological Complications
- Cerebral Aneurysm
- Fibromuscular Dysplasia
Floppy Infant Syndrome
- Meningitis and Encephalitis
Nonetheless, the word “mental” is over-used in places like mental health clinic or mental health service… True, it is needed to describe the type of service provided, but when was the last time you told someone you went to check your mental illness issue at a mental hospital…Yet, we would readily tell anyone if we were in the E.R. or had surgery or just went to the doctor.
This disproportionate terminology really shows me how much work is ahead… Still, the acceptance of “mental” will come down to the individual then society will follow suit.
So, to you I will say, (instead of Bon Sante: French for good health to you) ‘Bon Mental Sante’!! The french word for mental is the same in English…
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