The Truth about Mental Health

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Mental Health is often thought of as mental illness. It doesn’t have a good rep. And yet, it is such a gift! And it is often forgotten or overlooked. How many times have you heard someone say Mental Health and immediately you think “uh oh” and avoid the topic. I had a friend who went to report to jury duty and when she began to say that she was a mental health clinician, the judge heard mental health and didn’t let her finish what she was saying and excused her from her jury duty without further delay. Mental Health certainly does not conjure up pleasant thoughts now, does it?

One day it will be the norm for schools to teach about innate Mental Health. It will be common place for folks to live in mental well-being. Imagine a world where there is more good will, more brotherly love, more understanding and compassion, more civility and respect, more helpfulness, more camaraderie and cooperation, more joy and appreciation, more success and accomplishment.

Mental Health exists in every human being at birth. Over time we learn habits of thinking that become the norm for us. We learn to worry or to judge. We learn to take our thoughts seriously. We believe what we think is real. We forget what it is like to live with a quiet mind and to have a sense of wonder. We get so busy that we miss the beauty around us. We aren’t often present even when we are with friends and family. We are rushed, overwhelmed, stressed, tired and aren’t happy. For many (one out of four) things get bad enough that there is a mental health diagnosis given.

What is a diagnosis? The DSMV is a thick manual listing the numerous mental illnesses that mankind suffers from. I see a diagnosis as a label of where someone spends a lot of time. For instance, people who know me would not consider me a shy person. However, I have to say that when I am shy, I am very shy. I just don’t spend much time there so I don’t get a label of being “shy”. Someone who is depressed spends enough time there to be diagnosed as depressed. Someone who is angry a lot, gets labelled an angry person. That is not who they are. It is only because they spend a lot of time in that state, that they get that connotation.

One of the most powerful feelings in helping others to regain their mental well-being, is to see the health that is inside of them, past the outside manifestation. To recognize their true identity and who they really are awakens them to consider something other than the diagnosis. When you speak  to that core of wisdom and acknowledge the health within, it opens the door for new perspective, for new thought and for transformation.

Let’s hope that celebrating Mental Health becomes the norm and that Mental Health gets the appreciation it deserves! It’s about time that the understanding of the Three Principles is found everywhere… in schools and universities, and that it is common knowledge for people around the world to be aware of their birth right. With the understanding of the fact that we create our identity from the inside out, much suffering can be eliminated. Afterall, the outside is but a reflection of what we think.

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Truth about Mental Health: Karen Miller Williams, 3 Principles Nurse (Social Anxiety Inside Out #28) http://t.co/0pw110mRfk

— Nurse Karen (@HAOKEA) May 21, 2014

 

Alienated from Mental HEALTH?

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I consider myself a Mental Health Specialist. I Specialize in Mental HEALTH. I do not consider myself a Mental Illness expert. In my training as a nurse I marvelled that anyone could be healthy knowing all the diseases and conditions I learned about. I couldn’t believe so many healthy babies were born considering all the problems that a baby could have. There was a lot of learning about what ails man. Similarly, in Mental Health, we were inundated with descriptions of a multitude of emotional disorders and mental conditions… the signs and symptoms of an ever growing list of diagnoses. We didn’t learn much about Mental HEALTH.

About a year ago a friend told me that in the 1800’s the French used the term “alienist” for one who treated the mentally ill. This term came from “alienation in the sense of insanity, loss of mental faculty”(Collins English Dictionary) or in other words, our mental health.   It makes sense that if someone is alienated from their mental health, they would call upon The Alienist to help get connected with their mental well-being again.

Hence, get in touch with someone who knows a lot about Mental HEALTH when that is what you are searching for. What are the signs of mental health? If you Google it, you will only read about mental health disorders. This shows you just how alienated from mental HEALTH we have become!

“Originally, psychology examined the connection between mind and soul, until that theory was abandoned. When psychologists stopped investigating the connection between mind and soul, they lost two of the most important clues to what they sought. They focused instead on behavior leading us away from our true psychological nature, ultimately encouraging us as passive victims of life.”       Sydney Banks

Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health: gratitude, compassion, resiliency, strength, productivity, curiosity, creativity, grace, ease, calm… you get the idea?

What I know about Mental HEALTH:

Everyone is born with innate mental health – it’s built-in

Over time we learn to think unproductively & take thoughts seriously- obscuring  it

Lack of understanding about how Thought creates reality, keeps us alienated from it

~ Remember that a thought is like a cloud obscuring the sun that is still there ~