Facts about Behavioral Health
Why is mental health important for overall health?
Mental and physical health are both important components of your overall health. For example, depression may increase your risk for many types of physical health problems, especially chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. In addition, the presence of chronic conditions can also increase your risk for mental illness as well causing your health get worse.
Can your mental health change over time?
Yes, a person’s mental health can change over time, depending on many different factors. When the demands placed on a person goes beyond their resources and ability to cope, their mental health could be affected. For example, someone working long hours, caring for a relative, or experiencing economic hardship, may experience poor mental health.