How to Prevent Mental Disorders

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Jan 18, 2013

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How to Prevent Mental Disorders

Mental illness (or mental disorder) affects the normal functioning of the brain; this affects the way a person thinks, feels, behaves and/or relates to others and to his or her surroundings. Mental illness has a negative effect on the life of the patient. Some of the common mental illnesses include mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and anxiety disorders. Read on to know ways to prevent mental disorders.


Know your family history



Many mental illnesses run in families. This suggests that you are at a higher risk of developing the condition because you have an affected family member, but not that you are definitely going to develop the disorder. Experts consider that certain factors such as psychological trauma and environmental stressors can influence the development of the disorder in a person who has inherited a susceptibility to it. Therefore, if you a have family history of mental illness, you can work to reduce these factors.


Take action and accept help



If you have been through a stressful situation such as a death in the family, divorce or violence; accept help from friends and family to deal with it. If needed, consult a specialist. Do not ignore your symptoms. Remember that anybody can suffer from mental illness and it is not possible to recover just by being strong in the mind or through self-discipline.


Recognise the warning signs



If you have symptoms suggestive of mental disorder (such as you have strange thoughts, feel unduly withdrawn, are depressed or excessively angry most of the time and have trouble eating or sleeping), seek help. Consult a doctor or psychologist for help.


Keep yourself healthy


Try to keep yourself mentally and emotionally healthy by living a healthy and balanced life; eat healthy food. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your daily diet and avoid alcohol and smoking. Maintain healthy sleeping habits; sleep early (before 10 p.m.) and wake up early (before 6 a.m.). Exercise regularly and make efforts to practice yoga and meditation as they have several physical and psychological benefits.

Mental disorder is not a completely preventable disorder, but if you know the warning signs and symptoms and take adequate preventative measures in the early stages, you can prevent it from developing further .


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