People who are mentally healthy feel good about
themselves and comfortable with others. They are also able to deal
with the demands, challenges, and changes in everyday life.
Everyone, regardless of age, race, sex, or economic status, is subject
to emotional upset. Feeling down, angry, or anxious can be a response
to a variety of things. Feelings like these can come and go quite
often. When they are disturbing, interfere with daily life, and/or
linger for weeks or months, they may signal a problem that requires
professional assistance. In fact, during any one-year period, up to 50
million Americans (about 22%) suffer from a mental disorder that
interferes with employment, school, and/or daily life.
Determining whether you need help and how to go about receiving it
is not always easy. This is why Minding Your Mental Health was
written. It provides information and resources you can use to take
greater control of your mental well-being. Whether you are thinking
about seeking help or are already in treatment, this guide will be