Mental Health-Why Should I Care?
Surprising to most people, mental health affects everyone. Indeed, the Canadian Mental Health Association reported in 2013 that mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time, through a family member, friend, or colleague. You will be affected indirectly or directly. According to a 2012 study, 5.2% of Canadians will experience a mood disorder over one year, with 4.8% of Canadians experiencing any anxiety disorder over the same time frame. Among those with a mood or anxiety disorder, 22% of those individuals will report at least 2 or more disorders in the same year (D’Arcy & Xiangfei, 2012). Those directly affected suffer so significantly that it affects work, school, or other aspects of daily life. Mood and anxiety disorders are the most commonly experienced by Canadians. If you notice a persistent bad mood (either sadness or irritability), a lack of interest in pursuing your daily life or loss of enjoyment from activity, as well as bouts of fatigue, you may have depression. If you experience intermittent and repeated attacks of intense fear, or a sense of impending doom, you may have an anxiety disorder. Both of these disorders are easily treated with a psychologist using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. See a local psychologist today.