Mental Health: As Important as Physical Health

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Our society today does not value our mental health like it should. If society would only pay as much attention to mental health, they would be better off in the long run. Think about an athlete playing a sport, they certainly understand how important physical health is. When a baseball player injures his knee, he is out and waits until it heals. But like many people, mental health is overlooked. Most teenagers do not realize that the many things like stress or eating disorders are coming from a poor mental state. They think that if they just ignore it they will snap out of it, this is not true and many times this kind of thinking will only make it worse (Change Your Mind). Mental health is not seen as important as physical health due to misconceptions and stigma behind mental health patients. By increasing the importance of personal mental health, people can reduce issues associated with mental health problems and raise awareness for people who suffer from mental health issues. There is a difference between feeling blue for a while and having a mental health problem such as depression. But it becomes a problem when people start to ignore their feelings and think less of their self. The Rode Island Physiological Association found that people who got their mental health problem fixed decreased their medical visits by 90%, their overall laboratory costs decreased by about 50% and their overall treatment costs decreased by 30%. Under health care the government says that they give adequate coverage to their patients and that they want to help with mental health problems, so that each American can have the same benefits than others (Useful Psychology Information). There is a point of getting medical help. As a result of Americans o... ... middle of paper ... ...Page." Redirect Page. American Psychological Association N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. "Useful Psychology Information: Importance of Mental Health." Importance of Mental Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2014. "What Is Good Mental Health? | World of Psychology." Psych Central.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. “Health” 103.5 (2013): 781-785. Business Source Elite. Web. 15 Apr. 2014 Kessler, Chiu . et. al."The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America."NIMH RSS. National Institute of Mental Health , n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. Lachance Shandrow, Kim . "Discrimination Against Students with Mental Health Issues on the Rise." Discrimination Against Students with Mental Health Issues on the Rise. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2014. Tartakovsky, Margarita. "» What Prevents People From Seeking Mental Health Treatment? - World of Psychology." Psych Central.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.
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