Mental Illness And Mental Health

1460 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Many students suffer from anxiety, stress, overworking, etc.… but those students are labeled incorrectly. The students are listed as having mental health problems when actually they should be referred to as having a mental illness. Mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community” (Mental health basics). Mental health is something a normal, healthy functioning human being has when everything in their head is in order. A mental illness is the opposite of mental health. It is defined as “collectively all diagnosable mental disorders” or “health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.” (Mental health basics). Many negative effects can happen to students if they are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. This includes inside and outside of schools. Kids who are between the ages of six to eighteen are more prone to develop a mental illness because it’s a transitional period in their life that most are not too aware of. During this time a child 's mind and psyche are changing and when there 's change, there 's a lot of room for error. A child 's mind can easily be impacted and anyone can leave a good or bad permanent impression. Also, because the kids are all going…

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