What you think and what you feel go hand in hand, and you have power over both!

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”
~ Fred Rogers

Mental Health vs Mental Illness vs Mental Disorder

Lots of people use the terms “mental health,” “mental illness,” and “mental disorder” interchangeably.

I’m glad that more people are talking about these things and that it’s a more acceptable topic than it has been in the past, but I worry that there’s not enough distinction between the three.

I want to be perfectly clear; I’m not a doctor, therapist, or counselor! I do not treat, cure, or solve mental illness or mental and emotional disorders. I am not trained or licensed to work in the field of mental illness or mental disorders.

BUT, I can to help clear things up a little .

For me, mental health and mental illness refer to two different things.

For me, Mental Health refers to:

  • Mental and emotional well being.
  • The ability to be aware of one’s thoughts, feelings, and how they relate to their actions.
  • The ability to process thoughts and emotions, both positive and negative or large and small.
  • It’s the ability to problem solve and overcome struggles and challenges.

On the other hand, Mental Illness and Mental Disorders refer more to diagnoses like:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar, Identity, and Personality disorders,
  • Eating disorders
  • PTSD
  • Sevier Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia

Mental Health and Emotional Health Go Hand in Hand

We talked about mental health earlier. Let’s take a minute and talk about Emotional Health.

For me, Emotional Health is the ability to experience any and ALL emotions, good or bad, negative or positive, happy or sad, from one extreme to the other. In addition to being able to experience these emotions, it’s also important to be able to identify them, process them, and appreciate them.

I Focus on Improving Mental and Emotional HEALTH!

Again, I’m not a doctor, therapist, or counselor. I want to make that clear! But, we can all improve our mental & emotional health.

There’s a misconception that only certain people can help others, especially teens, improve their mental health. Yes, this might apply to mental illness and disorders, but mental health is somethi

I can help you improve your mental health.

Everyone can improve their mental and emotional health in one area or another. And, like physical health, we have to power to do most of our own mental and emotional health work for ourselves, on our own.

Many times developing and bolstering our mental health is just a simple matter of changing how we think. Sometimes it’s adding new routines and habits to our lives.

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