Mental refers to thoughts, feelings, emotions, and related brain functioning.
Mental health exists on a continuum from poor to good. In good mental health, a person:
understands themselves and their abilities
copes well with normal stress
experiences good feelings from their interactions and relationships with others
is able to work or function well in their usual activities, and
contributes to their family and/or community.
You can be diagnosed with a mental disorder but still cope well and have good mental health. On the other hand, you can have poor mental health without having a diagnosis of a mental disorder.
Mental health is influenced by a variety of personal and social factors and stresses.
Mental refers to thoughts (thought content), feelings (emotions), and related brain functioning.
Mental health exists on a continuum from poor to good, with good mental health being a state of psychological well-being. Good mental health generally enables people to function in their lives and usual activities, realize their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, and contribute to their families and/or community.
Mental disorder lies on a different continuum, on a scale from mild to severe.43 A person can have good mental health even if they have a mental illness or a mental disorder. More commonly, a person can have poor mental health but still not meet the diagnostic criteria for any specific mental disorder described in the DSM-5-TR or ICD-11.
Mental health is influenced by a wide variety of personal, social, and economic determinants.