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Looking after your Mental Health

Looking after your Mental Health. Dr. John Hillery Consultant Psychiatrist. No Health without Mental Health. Poor mental health effects: Social Functioning Cognitive Functioning Work Functioning Bodies Resistance Bodies Recovery Capacity Society. Mental Health.

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Looking after your Mental Health

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  1. Looking after your Mental Health Dr. John Hillery Consultant Psychiatrist

  2. No Health without Mental Health Poor mental health effects: • Social Functioning • Cognitive Functioning • Work Functioning • Bodies Resistance • Bodies Recovery Capacity • Society

  3. Mental Health Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. WHO

  4. Mental Health A Continuum Healthy ------- Discomfort -------- Ill Health -------- Illness

  5. Anxiety & Performance

  6. Mental Health & Cancer • Direct Relationship Not Proven • Indirect Links • Effect on Course of Illness

  7. Cancer & Mental Health • Adjustment Disorder • Panic Disorder • Phobias • Obsessive- compulsive Disorder • Post Traumatic Stress disorder • Generalised Anxiety Disorder • Anxiety Disorder caused by other Medical Conditions • Depression

  8. What to do?Promoting Your Mental Health • Look after your basic needs first: Eat & Sleep • Listen to your body & use your breathing • Have the courage to be imperfect & set realistic goals • Alcohol in moderation & responsibly www.mentalhealthireland.ie www.psihq.ie http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/minding_your_mental_health

  9. What to do?Promoting Your Mental Health • Take time out for yourself, lose yourself • Sign up for that course, join that club, volunteer • Be active everyday in as many ways as you can • Spend time with people who make you feel good www.mentalhealthireland.ie www.psihq.ie http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/minding_your_mental_health

  10. What to do?Promoting Your Mental Health • Laugh out loud each day • Share the work-load, get everyone involved • Try to be positive and focus on things you can control • Think about how you think • Talk about your troubles and seek help early www.mentalhealthireland.ie www.psihq.ie http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/minding_your_mental_health

  11. What to do?Preventing Ill Health • Watch Your Physical Health Diet Habits Exercise Life Balance • Changing Mindsets Meditation http://www.tm-ireland.org/ Mindfullness http://www.mindfulness.com/ Reframing Thoughts http://www.themindgym.com/

  12. Recognising Illness The experiencing of severe and distressing psychological symptoms to the extent that normal functioning is seriously impaired. http://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/information

  13. Recognising Depression • Having a depressed mood for most of the day and on most days. • Loss of pleasure and interest in most activities. • Changes in eating and sleeping habits. • Nervousness or sluggishness. • Tiredness. • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt. • Poor concentration. • Constant thoughts of death or suicide.

  14. What to do?Treating Illness • Getting help • Medical Assessment • Listening • Counselling • Psychotherapy • Medication • Recovery Approach

  15. What to Do?Helping Others • Listen. • Facilitate Involvement. • Encourage. • Don’t Preach. • Recognise Limits.

  16. Take Away • Be Proactive. • Depression is not a given. • If in doubt talk it out. • Recovery is the aim.

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