How Does Health Affect Mental Health

1223 Words3 Pages

Mental health is defined as ‘not being present when psychological distress or maladaptive behavior is appropriate given a child’s age’ by The Health Advisory Service Report (HAS Report, 1995, Cited in Dogra, Parkin, Gale and Frake, 2008). This definition offers a fundamental basis to consider the source of a child’s mental health. In addition, The World Health Organisation (WHO) (2001, Cited in Dogra et al.) mentioned that mental health is a key component of health through which individuals are able recognise their own abilities. Mental disorders can affect mental health in numerous ways and are able to prevent or even reduce the likelihood of accomplishing any goals such as coping with the stresses of life. Biological, psychological and environmental …show more content…

Mindfulness is used as a therapy to treat many problems related to mental health such as stress, anxiety or even eating disorders (Hooker and Fodor, 2008). In addition majority of techniques used in mindfulness originate from Buddhist traditions (Rosenberg, 1998, Cited in Thompson and Gauntlett-Gilbert, 2008). Professionals working with children in mental health settings may find mindfulness applicable. The different techniques used in these types of settings teach self-awareness, increased impulse control and decreased emotional reactivity to difficult events (Thompson and Gauntlett-Gilbert). Research conducted on adults has shown that these effects can be obtained in the long term which suggests that mindfulness can be applied to children who are going through developmental challenges and have still yet to encounter …show more content…

Kendall and Choudhury (2003, Cited in Sofronoff, Attwood and Hinton, 2005) emphasised the significance of parent involvement when using CBT with children. Mendlowitz et al. (1999, Cited in Sofronoff et al.) discovered that by implementing a therapy session which allows parents to be involved, could eventually show development to the child’s condition and an increased use of adaptive coping strategy in the child. This proposes that by permitting parents to attend therapy sessions plays a vital role, in terms of effectively treating children’s anxiety disorders. Howard and Kendall (1996, Cited in Barrett, Duffy, Dadds and Rapee) found that implementing a family based CBT program resulted in major improvements at the end of the treatment. When Barrett, Dadds and Rapee (1996) compared child only CBT and child CBT plus family anxiety management training, it was found that both conditions indicated major improvement. The improvements made after treatment were generally maintained over a period of 5-7 years, therefore validating the results of the study. This draws attention to the effectiveness of CBT in long-term. Even though the improvements are only exhibited when therapy sessions are kept continuous and consistent over time, therapies do not provide a permanent cure for mental disorders or illnesses but is just

More about How Does Health Affect Mental Health

Open Document