What Does It Mean To Be Mentally Healthy?

If someone says that they are “healthy”, we generally think of them as being in good physical health with no medical illness. But what about mental health? It is important to remember that mental health is part of overall health. So what does it mean to be “mentally healthy”?

  1. We experience some fluctuation in mood but these fluctuations are reasonable and tolerable. In response to stressors, we expect some change in mood, but generally the mood improves as the stressor improves.
  2. We experience some anxiety and worry, and sometimes this shows up in our body (upset stomach, headache, etc). However, the anxiety is reasonable and does not cause problems with functioning.
  3. We are able to develop and sustain meaningful relationships with other people. There is a wide range of “normal” desire to socialize but most of us require at least a small amount of healthy social interaction.
  4. Our sleep and wake cycles are regular and predictable. We are able to get enough sleep on a daily basis to refresh our body and mind.
  5. We are able to focus and concentrate on important tasks and we are able to decide which tasks are important to us in both the short term and the long term.
  6. Our emotions do not overwhelm our ability to think clearly.
  7. We are able to learn new things and remember what we have learned.
  8. We are able to change our behaviors when desired and create new habits.

Are you mentally healthy? If you think you need help please reach out for help, sometimes there are non-medication treatment options that can make a big difference in a short amount of time. Live mentally healthy!

If you or a loved on are in need of help please feel free to contact us at 919-636-5240.

Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne

Author
Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD. With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board-certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

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