You, or anyone else, can experience a range of different types of common mental health problems at any time. But while you might be experiencing one or more symptoms, you may have no definitive symptoms at all and are just finding things hard to cope with. The key is understanding what the most common mental health problems are and how you can manage them to ensure good mental health.
Types Of Mental Health Problems
Mental health problems can affect everyone differently, but they can all impact the way you live your life. Whether you’re suffering from an occasional, mild, or chronic mental health problem, it can easily influence how you feel, act, and think. This could affect both your personal and professional life, leading to more long-term mental health issues which may need specialist treatment.
According to Mind, 1 in 6 people can experience a mental health problem in any given week in England. And these problems can affect anyone, at any time, regardless of age or gender. So let’s look at what some of the most common mental health problems are and how you can manage them yourself.
Anxiety is a common mental health problem and many of us will suffer from it at some point in our lives. But this will usually be because of a temporary event causing it, such as a job interview, important presentation, or anything that makes you feel nervous or stressed for a short period of time.
If you feel anxious for long periods of time about lots of different things, rather than anything specific, this is called Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Though different for everyone, symptoms can include continuous worrying or feeling distressed, having trouble sleeping or concentrating, or possibly even physical symptoms like breathlessness, dizziness, or increased heart rate.
But there are some easy ways you can successfully treat and manage anxiety and GAD yourself. Regular exercise can release tension as your body releases serotonin to improve your mood, relaxation techniques such as yoga or deep-breathing exercises, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.
Closely linked with anxiety, and sharing many of the same symptoms, panic disorder is where you can have regular, more extreme panic attacks, often for no specific reason. Feeling panic is perfectly natural and is a healthy reaction in certain situations. But if you’re suffering from panic disorder, more extreme feelings of anxiety, stress, or panic can happen at any time.
The most common physical symptoms of panic attacks often involve trembling, feeling sick, increased heart rate, chest pains, or struggling to breathe (hyperventilation). All these can come together so you feel overwhelmed with a real sense of losing control or fear of fainting or having a heart attack – very similar symptoms to anxiety, but with more regularity.
Just like other mental health problems, what causes panic disorder isn’t known, but self-help techniques can often help you. These can include deep-breathing techniques, focusing on something normal, and even identifying and challenging what is panicking you during an attack.
We can all have our off days where we feel miserable, downcast, or sad. But depression goes a lot deeper than that and can make you feel all these things for weeks, months, or even years at a time. While there’s not a single cause of depression, it can be triggered by particularly stressful events such as death, divorce, or financial problems.
There are different types of depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Prenatal and Postnatal Depression, and Dysthymia (often called Chronic Depression), all with varying symptoms. But depression can make you feel hopeless, irritable, unmotivated, as well as giving you low self-esteem. It can also impact your physical health too, affecting your weight, your sleeping patterns, and draining your energy levels.
But with the right support, depression doesn’t have to have the debilitating effect it often has. Getting to grips with depression in its early stages can prevent the effects of more severe symptoms later on. For mild or moderate cases, regular exercise can help, together with self-help books. And online or in-person talking therapies with a counsellor or as part of a self-help group can improve symptoms.
Like anxiety, we can all feel under pressure occasionally and it’s normal to feel stressed from time to time. Whether it’s in your personal life or your professional life, being put under pressure or feeling a lack of control over things can make it feel difficult to cope.
But stress can be a two-way street. Feeling continually stressed isn’t good for your overall mental health and can lead to other mental health problems like anxiety or depression. But if you have an existing mental health problem, other related factors can lead to feeling more stressed.
This can feel like a never-ending cycle, making it feel even harder to overcome. Stress can make you feel overwhelmed, making it difficult to concentrate or make decisions. And, like anxiety, it can affect you physically with symptoms including headaches, breathlessness, or increased heart rate.
Talking about your issues with someone for support, usually a friend, colleague, or family member, even your manager, can be a great start to reducing stress. This will help you identify any causes and introduce exercises or techniques to help you deal with stressful situations. Workplace stress is also common, so improving your time-management skills can also help you take control.
Workplace mental health training
Though we’ve touched on it lightly in this post, the most common mental health problems can be associated with both your workplace and your workload. In their Mental Health At Work 2019 report, Business In The Community summarised that “employers need to acknowledge their direct impact on employees” and that “2 in 5 employees experienced poor mental health where work was a contributing factor”.
This is why Clearfocus Training is committed to providing workplace mental health and communications training courses delivered by our qualified and experienced trainers. Our effective, interactive, and engaging training is designed to give all staff and employees the confidence to deal with a mental health problem and be able to step in or speak out to prevent them from becoming a long-term problem.
From Mental Health Training For Employees or Managers and Understanding And Overcoming Anxiety, to Conflict And Resolution Training, each course is fully bespoke to your needs and the requirements of your business and your teams.
For more information and to book your course, which can be delivered online or in-person at a venue of your choice (when restrictions allow), call us today on 07831 119 941 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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