Mental health impacts every area of our lives. The mind is the organ of consciousness. It’s the lens through which we experience the world. If it isn’t healthy, it results in a less fulfilling life. Our relative psychological health, furthermore, affects the people we love. So much of a person’s success and happiness – however that may be defined – is contingent on his or her mental health.
While it may seem obvious that this dimension of overall health should be examined with as much attention as physical health, mental health too often doesn’t get it. We see that mental health is too often taken for granted in the modern world. Far too many people live with symptoms that undermine their quality of life because they either lack awareness of what’s within a “normal” range or believe that little can be done to relieve their pain. Or sometimes, they think it’s a matter of discipline and fortitude, believing that if they can just “tough it out,” their symptoms will subside, or they can “white-knuckle” it.