MENTAL HEALTH

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WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

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WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MENTAL HEALTH AND ISLAM?

Spiritual Resilience

Islam offers a spiritual sanctuary for Muslims to live a peaceful life by using their inner strengths and having a strong relationship with the ultimate power, Allah, being optimistic, purifying their feelings, and not waiting for outside events to improve. Islam acknowledges the importance of spiritual status as an interior power that can be exercised to have a calm mind, healthy consciousness, and positive thoughts.


Role of Patience

Islam attaches great importance to patience and it is the focus of about 200 verses of the Quran and referred to indirectly in many others. Patience is a virtue that enables Muslims to proceed towards worthy goals, undeflected by adverse circumstances or repeated provocations.


Evil Eye

(Ayn/ Nazar)- Belief in the evil eye is found in the Quran based on the following verse: “And from the evil of the envied when he envies," [Al-Falaq (The Daybreak),113:5]. The concept of an evil eye is the belief that an individual can look at people, animals, or objects and cause harm due to jealousy.

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EARLY SIGNS

Withdrawing from friends,

family, and colleagues


Avoiding activities that they would normally enjoy


Sleeping too much or too little

Eating too much or too little


Feeling hopeless

Having consistently low energy


Displaying negative emotions

(ie. irritable)


Unable to complete daily tasks, such as getting to work or cooking a meal


Having persistent thoughts or memories that reappear regularly

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SOME CAUSES OF MENTAL ILLNESSES:

Genetic -family history

  • Small increased risk, most people don't have family members that are affected


Stressors- past & present

  • Difficult family background: ie.) abuse-sexual, domestic violence, emotional, physical, financial etc.


  • Stressful life events: ie.) work, family, marriage, loosing a loved one, , relationship difficulties, financial, abuse, etc.


  • Physical Illness: ie.) hong-term physical illness etc.


  • Long term substance abuse

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COMMON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

  • Stress- Stress can cause physical, emotional and behavioral disorders which can affect your health and peace-of-mind, as well as personal and professional relationships.


  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder- An excessive feeling of fear or worry about things that are independent of a stress-causing event.


  • Panic Attacks- Sudden onset of intense fear and discomfort that reaches its peak within minutes and includes 4 of the following symptoms: increased heartbeat, trembling, sweating, nausea, feeling of choking, chest pain, dizziness, fear of losing control, fear of dying, feeling of unreality, and numbness or tingling sensations.


  • Major Depressive Disorder- A feeling of constant hopelessness and despair. Consists of a combination of symptoms that affect the individual's daily ability to work, sleep, eat and enjoy things in life.


  • Marital Issues- Common disputes between spouses, family members involving physical abuse and/or psychological abuse.

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