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There is more to enjoying good health than just being physically well. There is obviously another important and very obvious part of being healthy; which is having a healthy mind. Maintaining a healthy mind constitutes great range of attributes such as the ability to think clearly, the ability to cope with situations and maintain healthy relationships. Even though there has not being a universally accepted definition of mental illness, it is considered to be those diseases that affect the mind. Mental health should be taken very seriously because of its escalating impact on the emerging society and the alarming rate of spread of these illnesses.

Maintaining a healthy mind constitutes great range of attributes such as the ability to think clear and straight, the ability to cope with situations and maintain relationships among others.

Most mental illness as being basically identified as having single, universal root, which is stress even though genetic and hereditary factors and gene may sometimes contribute to the problem. Stress may be generated from poor living conditions and the collapse of important systems in the society. Stress may be as simple as the daily hustle and bustle. An unexpected tragic event or unforeseen loss also causes stress. The fact remains that stress is a universal part of society and if it cannot be managed effectively, as it attacks our mental health and actively deteriorates the value of living. Mental illness presents itself in a variety of forms. It can be seen as a mild form of depression or a totally disabling disease such as schizophrenia. It appears as bipolar disorder or post traumatic shock. It attacks children as well as adults. It does not respect social or economic position. Mental Illness is something that every member of society has to be aware of.

The fact that mental illness is a dreadful global menace is the reason that The World Health Organization established that by the year 2020, mental illness will be the second cause of death. This statement might appear as a threat even to the United Nations millennium development goals, and it might still remain a threat if some stringent action is not taken. Please join us to explore the world of stress and find out how it remains the root of mental illness.

Content outline

  • Introduction
    • This section provides general knowledge into the basics of mental health. It highlights importance of mental health in the society and basic introduction to the catastrophe of mental illness.
  • About stress
    • Having being identified as the major cause of various mental illness, this section is dedicated to teaching more on stress and various stressors.
  • Anatomy and GAS
    • Before every significant physical event there are enormous level of reaction in the internal anatomy system which produces responses. This section describes various processes that takes place before response to different situations.
  • Impact
    • With millions of victim worldwide, mental illness has caused breakdown in various systems in several communities. Mental illness will also be the second cause of death in the world by the year 2020.
  • Coping
    • With the much danger associated with mental illness and its major cause, it is most important to discuss strategize medium of combating the menace. This section defines various means to combat mental illness at various levels.illness at various levels.



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    • NIH Publication No. 98-4268. Rockville, MD: National Institute of Mental Health, 1998.
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV)
    • American Psychiatric Association, Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press, 1994.
  • The global burden of disease and injury series, volume 1: a comprehensive assessment of mortality and disability from diseases, injuries, and risk factors in 1990 and projected to 2020
    • Murray CJL, Lopez AD, eds. Cambridge, MA: Published by the Harvard School of Public Health on behalf of the World Health Organization and the World Bank, Harvard University Press, 1996.