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The Difference Between Mental Health & Mental Illness

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Mental health and mental illness are often considered to mean the same thing, but when you dissect the two single words health and illness, a distinct contrast is visible.

Health: a state of entire fulfilment in all physical, social, and mental components.

Illness: a medical condition that affects the function of the body and mind.

With these meanings attached to the word mental, mental health refers to the wellbeing and frame of mind, whereas, mental illness refers to a specific psychological disorder, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Essentially the two terms mental health and mental illness, are each on the opposite ends of the spectrum; mental health being the ideal/good state of mind, whereas, mental illness is the poor-grade/imperfect state of mind.

Here is a small and basic comparison of mental health and mental illness.


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