My Mental Health

Dealing with mental health and understanding what is normal and what is not can be tricky to navigate.

It is important to remember that mental health is a spectrum and can change with each new day.

It is easy to be confused about the difference between mental and emotional health. Whereas mental health is how you are feeling on the inside, emotional health is how you process these feelings and express them to the outside world.

To be emotionally healthy means to be able to understand why you are feeling a certain way and presenting these emotions in the appropriate manner. Just as it is emotionally unhealthy to have constant outbursts and tantrums, it can also be unhealthy to hold in the way you are feeling and pretend everything is okay when it may not be. 

Your mental well-being is equally important to your physical health. Just as you would seek medical attention for the flu, it’s essential to seek help for any mental health concerns you may be experiencing.

The appropriate way to express your emotions can come in many forms, whether it is confiding in family in friends, channeling your feelings into art, or using your body in a physical way can all be helpful ways of staying emotionally healthy.

 

EATING DISORDERS 

An eating disorder is a mental health condition characterized by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s physical or mental health. It often involves severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as restricting food intake, binge-eating, or purging, and is often accompanied by feelings of distress or concern about body weight or shape.

CHARACTERISTICS OF EATING DISORDERS
  • Distorted Body Image: Perception of one’s body size and shape inaccurately, often seeing oneself as overweight or unattractive despite evidence to the contrary.
  • Restrictive Eating: Persistent limitation of food intake, resulting in significantly low body weight relative to age, sex, and health standards.
  • Binge Eating: Consumption of large amounts of food in a short period, accompanied by feelings of loss of control and subsequent shame or guilt.
  • Purging Behaviors: Engaging in actions such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives or diuretics, or excessive exercise to compensate for food intake.
  • Compulsive Exercise: Excessive physical activity, often beyond healthy limits, driven by the need to burn calories or alleviate anxiety related to eating.
  • Preoccupation with Food and Body: Constant thoughts about food, calories, weight, and body shape that interfere with daily activities and relationships.
  • Social Withdrawal: Avoidance of social situations involving food or body exposure due to fear of judgment or triggers related to eating behaviors.
  • Physical Symptoms: Manifestations such as fatigue, dizziness, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal issues, and menstrual cycle disruptions (for females).
  • Secretive Behavior: Concealing disordered eating habits by hiding food, eating in secret, or avoiding meals with others.

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