Understanding Your Mental Health

In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, we thought we’d share some helpful information.


Understanding your mental healthMental health refers to your emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life – from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. It helps you develop resilience and the ability to cope in the face of life’s inevitable adversities.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood and behavior could be affected. Your mental health can be influenced by a variety of factors, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems


Mental health problems are common; about one in five American adults experience at least one mental illness each year. And around one in five teenagers experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, too. Although mental illnesses are common, they vary in severity. About one in 25 adults experience a serious mental illness each year.

Early Warning Signs

Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health issues? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking or abusing drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts or flashbacks you can’t get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

Improving your mental health

Mental Health and Wellness

Concepts of mental health include subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, and recognition of the ability to realize one’s intellectual and emotional potential. It has also been defined as a state of well-being whereby individuals recognize their abilities, are able to cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to their communities.

Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills
  • Getting professional help if you need it

When anxious, depressed or frustrated, you might feel very alone. There’s no need to suffer in silence. Our care team offers comprehensive and compassionate treatment in a warm and welcoming environment, and will help you learn healthy ways to manage your condition. We understand the significant toll emotional struggles can have on everyday life, and we want to help you determine what’s holding you back. The dedicated and experienced staff at LAGS Recovery Centers will treat your specific needs so you can manage your symptoms – once and for all.


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