People assume that wellness means being healthy or not having any disease. Wellness is a dynamic equilibrium of spiritual, physical, social, and mental health. The psychologists’ wheel of wellness has five tasks of divinity, self-regulation, love, friendship, and work that dynamically interrelate with the vibrational frequencies of family, society, religion, schooling, state-controlled media, and organization. Mental health is a crucial part of a person’s overall well-being. Throughout history, the public has not widely recognized the importance of mental health (Ibrahim et al., 2019). Mental illness and depression are a silent plague and a sleeper problem that has slipped into millions’ brains, hence being highlighted in various forms of media.
Description of mental illness and depression as related to issues of wellness
Depression was first identified in Mesopotamia in the 2nd millennium BC. As a spiritual problem rather than a mental sickness, depression was not initially considered a health issue. As with other mental illnesses, it was assumed to be caused by supernatural forces. Since it was not a medical issue, clerics handled it rather than doctors (Schomerus et al., 2019). Physicians like Hippocrates in ancient Greece believed that an imbalance of four bodily fluids caused depression, including phlegm, yellow bile, blood, and black bile. Melancholia is believed to be an emotional response to failure, either actual (for example, death) or symbolic (such as the inability to achieve goals and objectives), and depression is thought of as a physical ailment.
Constant sorrow and disinterest are hallmarks of depression, a mental health condition. Several mental and physical health issues can result from major depressive disorder, often known as clinical depression or manic-depressive illness (Ibrahim et al., 2019). However, despite extensive research into mental problems like depression, the inherent metabolic and cell signs underlying almost all psychological pathologies remain an obscurity. The head of the National Institute of Mental Health believes that mental illnesses are biological problems.
The Impact on Society
Roughly 17.3 million American people, or 7.1% of the country’s population aged 18 and older, are affected by major depressive illness each year. Depression, for example, is a mental ailment that affects all people, regardless of their socioeconomic status (Schomerus et al., 2019). Depression is a mental illness that can affect anyone regardless of wealth or skin color. When depression is adequately treated, it might be likened to a fever, or even a soul febricity, because it can be controlled and recognized as a worthwhile process. Medical help, expert supervision, and care are required if depression and mental illness rise above a certain threshold.
How Society Impacts Mental Illness and Depression
Depression has been linked to a person’s dysfunctional social behavior. Depressed people are fewer in close relationships and are more likely to receive unfavorable responses from others. Approximately 50% of those with mental illness go untreated because individuals with such disorders face stigma, bias, and discrimination (Ibrahim et al., 2019). Mental illness stigma and prejudice can be mild or glaring, but regardless of the scale, they can cause harm. A better understanding of how and why mentally ill people are excluded and discriminated against can be helpful. Stigma affects those who have a mental illness and those who love and support them, usually encompassing their families.
Individual Framework of Perception
After critically studying mental illness and its effects on health, I have become more conscious of the depression stigma that prevents many people from getting treatment. Suicide, violence, and self-harm are possibilities for those who attempt to endure depression in silence. The stigma around mental illnesses like depression should be eradicated if people, the government, health professionals, and other stakeholders are to save the lives of their siblings, friends, parents, children, and citizens. Clinicians, in my opinion, should receive assistance in their efforts to urge depressed patients to engage in social activities.
B.Influence on Profession
After doing extensive research on depression, I have realized that mental health is essential to overall fitness and quality of life. This understanding has influenced my nursing career and given me a clear idea of the stages a person should take to achieve true wellness. A patient’s well-being is improved when nurses care to listen to and comprehend their problems, leading to improved patient outcomes. My research in health promotion will enhance my knowledge of wellness in the next five to ten years. It is possible to empower people to make healthier lifestyle choices, lowering their risk of illness and disability.
Understand Social Issues
A key benefit of studying health is that it has improved my interpersonal skills, as I now have an excellent grasp of the various challenges that others may be facing. For example, if someone approaches me and seems irritated or bad-tempered when they first start a conversation, I will no longer get angry but seek to comprehend why they might be upset. I believe that there would be less hostility in the world if more individuals approached situations similarly.
Critical thinking can help in reaching personal and career goals. For example, when I chose to complete my bachelor’s degree, I had to overcome numerous challenges. When I contemplated the worst thing that could happen, I settled on the fact that failure in education would be a challenge, thus prompting me to work hard to avoid it. Practitioners of psychology should take good care of their well-being to serve others effectively. This is where the concept of wellness comes in, as they need to take care of themselves before they can serve others.
Benefits and Challenges of Tackling Issues In Wellness
Understanding how something affects one’s overall health is one of the many advantages of tackling wellness concerns. It can help better comprehend the subject at hand and the effects of the issue. There are times when discussing wellness can be difficult or complex because, at first look, one may not realize how it relates to their issue, such as when I first selected my topic of depression. In addition, not knowing what wellness entails might be difficult to understand one’s well-being and that of others.
Adding Value to Interactions
The ability to analyze wellness critically enhances interactions with others because it allows one to have a deeper awareness of the myriad ways the world around them affects their well-being. To grasp how mental disorders such as depression may affect every aspect of one’s well-being and life, my studies, research, interactions, and future career will help me realize how vital it is to do everything to encourage wellness.
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Schomerus, G., Stolzenburg, S., Freitag, S., Speerforck, S., Janowitz, D., Evans-Lacko, S., Muehlan, H., & Schmidt, S. (2019). Stigma as a barrier to recognizing personal mental illness and seeking help: A prospective study among untreated persons with mental illness. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 269(4), 469-479. Web.