Mental health

Mental health helps us face the challenges in our life, makes us feel comfortable, supports our physical health, and more. But day-to-day stress and difficult times can wear down our mental health. Major changes like losing a job, the death of a loved one, going off to combat, or coming out as gay can be especially hard. And even happy times — like becoming a father — can take a toll on your emotions.

Today, we know a lot more about ways to promote mental health. Try some simple steps, like making sure to get enough sleep, getting social support, exercising, and finding healthy ways to cope when you feel stressed.

If you are struggling with your mental health, you are not alone. In fact, about 1 out of 4 American adults suffers from a mental health condition each year. Experts don’t know exactly what causes mental illnesses, but a combination of genes and life events often is involved. It’s important to remember that mental health disorders are real medical illnesses that can't be willed or wished away.

Click the headings below to learn about common mental health conditions:

Other mental health conditions include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

If you think you or someone you know may have a mental health problem, get help. Treatment with talk therapy, medications, or a combination of the two can be extremely effective.

Content courtesy of the Office on Women's Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The original content can be found at 

Revised: June 6, 2011

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