What is Mental Health?
Mental health is a continuous, self stabilizing state of a healthy ambivalence between happiness (joy) and the so-called “normal times” and sad, painful moments. A mental healthy person is able to cope with the issues and problems in life, while being able to enjoy life in general. So, mental health exists in an environment of all facets of feelings, thoughts, and actions.
Why do exist different definitions of mental health?
Every definition of mental health is determined by personal expectations. That’s why mental health is not determinable in general, but always individually.
For many persons, mental health or happiness can only exist in the absence of all kinds of worries.
Others have low expectations. The absence of physical pain is enough to feel mental healthy.
This page provides general and specific mental health information from practical experience for patients and relatives.
Brief Definition of Mental Health
Mental health can be subjectively described as a state of being free from psychic complaints. Today, psychosomatic is seen as the natural interplay between physical and psychological processes. Mental health can be positively influenced by many factors. In some cases, a tiny change of perspective may be enough to cause a helpful change in life.
This is how the WHO (World Health Organization) defines the term “health”
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The WHO’s definition of health describes a purely theoretical state that is rarely permanently achievable. The definition’s demand for complete physical, mental, and social well-being would make any form of infection, conflict, or day-to-day mood deterioration appear as unhealthy or ill according to this definition.
A person with melancholy or with latent conflicts in the family may describe and experience himself as healthy.