Mental health vs Illness

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Medic Man
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What is the difference between mental health and mental illness?


What are prime examples of each category?

Im really confused why disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia are both classified under mental health and mental illness?

Shouldnt they be in one set category i.e mental illness, or am i mistaken?
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I was always under the impression mental health referred to your health mentally, much like your overall health, so it could be good or bad, it’s just referring to your health. A mental illness is when your mental health has declined and you have a diagnosed mental illness such as depression.
It’s like physical health, people refer to it as your health regardless as to whether it’s good or bad. If you had a cough, people would still say that it’s your health but it’s also an illness.
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I think mental health is whether it is good or bad, as above poster stated, eg you can have a good mental health. mental illness is a specific condition for example depression that a patient is diagnosed with. you may have not great mental health but also may not have a mental illness, for example being very stressed is poor mental health but it is not the same as depression
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Mental health simply means the health of your mind. You could have good mental health. It doesn't mean you are mentally ill - thats what mental illness means
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(Original post by Medic Man)
What is the difference between mental health and mental illness?


What are prime examples of each category?

Im really confused why disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia are both classified under mental health and mental illness?

Shouldnt they be in one set category i.e mental illness, or am i mistaken?
Mental health refers to your psychological wellbeing. One can have good mental health or poor mental health. If one has poor mental health, they may have a mental illness such as depression, schizophrenia or bipolar.
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(Original post by Medic Man)
What is the difference between mental health and mental illness?


What are prime examples of each category?

Im really confused why disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia are both classified under mental health and mental illness?

Shouldnt they be in one set category i.e mental illness, or am i mistaken?
Mental illness is something within the theme of mental health- like how a gut eating disease would be an issue with your gut health.
Mental health covers being happy and well, being a tad upset cos your cat punched you and more significant issues. Mental illness only covers the issues.
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So all mental illness are mental health issues, but not all mental health problems are mental illness?
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