Distinguishing Between Mentally Healthy And Mentally Unhealthy

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Distinguishing Between Mentally Healthy and Mentally Unhealthy According to the WHO, mental health is defined “as a state of well-being in which each individual is able to realize his or her own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and make a contribution to the community.” (Halter, 2014, p. 2). A mentally healthy human being is in touch with reality, can identify with other people and adapt well to situations in their environment, and can solve conflicts. Mental illnesses usually have definable diagnoses; mental illnesses are usually characterized by a specific set of patterns or behaviors. Mental illness is characterized by thoughts and behaviors that harm functioning and cause distress. Mental illnesses can interfere with every day activities, weaken judgment, and change reality. Mental illness is an interruption in a person’s ability to deal with problems successfully.
I am going to compare a mentally healthy individual with a mentally unhealthy individual. My first scenario is going to depict a close friend of mine who is, overall, a mentally healthy person. I met this friend when I was working at KRQE-TV 13. She is married and has three boys. The boys’ ages range from six years of age to 18 years of age. She works full-time, takes her boys to school every morning, and attends all of their sports activities in the evenings. She always goes home and makes dinner for them, putting her family first. Also, she is actively…

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