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Addiction is a mental health issue

What is a mental health disorder

Addiction is a mental health disorder and it affects the person’s life and the family. But what is a disorder?

  • A disorder of any kind is a DYSFUNCTION of, not-well FUNCTIONING, functioning DIFFERENTLY from the usual.
  • A mental disorder relates to one’s behavioural changes, mood changes, limited or non-functionality in everyday life such as missing work, school, family engagements, social events, physical activities, eating properly and other daily living activities.

Addiction and some other mental health disorders are not that visible so it is difficult to know what another person is going through. Becoming knowledgeable on the topic can help us refrain from treating others judgmentally.

Mental illnesses that affect our lives

There comes a time when we need intervention from certified professionals to help us cope with life challenges, such as addictions, anxiety, depression and other illnesses.

  • Addictions (substances, alcohol)
  • Anxiety Disorders (generalized anxiety, panic, social anxiety, phobias)
  • Mood Disorders (depression, bipolar)
  • Psychotic Disorders (schizophrenia)
  • Personality Disorders (OCPD, paranoia, antisocial personality)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Borderline Personality Disorders 
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders (anorexia, bulimia nervosa, binge eating)    

Improve and maintain good health...

We all know the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind. By doing so we increase our immune system’s ability to fight illnesses and better cope with stresses in our everyday life. Many factors can interfere with our overall well-being. Here are some of the many ways you can use to improve your health.

Fuel your body with the right nutrition. Eat a balanced diet that includes natural foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Processed foods contain many ingredients and preservatives that are harmful to our bodies.  Keep hydrated and try to avoid sugary drinks. 

Find time to relax and help your body and mind restore energy. We accumulate stress on daily bases – dealing with the workload, family issues, finances, and everyday chores. It is important to find a few minutes during the day to meditate or just sit down to sort your thoughts

Having fun with family and friends improves many aspects of our life. It also creates a safe and positive environment. As research dictates, socializing plays an important role in human longevity. Also, laughter and a positive mood help improve our immune system.  

Self-care is not being selfish. As we get busy with our day, we forget about the needs of the most important person – ourselves. We should not confuse the healthy ways of caring for ourselves with the means we use to cope with stresses such as shopping, excessive drinking and drug use.