• Derek Schumm, MD

What is Mental Health?


Mental health is challenging to describe but has to do with how you feel about yourself, how you think about others, and how you handle the demands of life. Mental health is not defined by the absence of problems. Instead, good mental health allows one to balance issues that arise in life with appropriate mindsets and coping skills. Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental health refers to the presence of positive characteristics including healthy self-esteem, satisfying relationships and resilience in the face of distress.

Mental Health Facts, Stats, Data

  • 1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition. That's over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined.

  • Youth mental health is worsening. Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with severe depression, 76% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment.

  • Suicide statistics are the highest in almost 30 years. We each should know the signs of suicide risk to help ourselves and those we love. Click on our blogs to learn how to identify and prevent a suicide or take a simple questionnaire to see if you or a loved one are at risk.

  • More Americans have access to services. Access to insurance and treatment have increased, as health care reform has reduced the rates of uninsured adults.

  • Many Americans still lack access to care. 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.

Despite how common mental health problems are, many of us make no effort to improve our situation. We ignore the emotional messages that tell us something is wrong and try toughing it out by distracting ourselves, or through self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, or self-destructive behaviors. We bottle things up in the hope that others won't notice. We hope that things will eventually get better on their own or we give up—telling ourselves this is “just the way we are.”

The good news is you have alternatives to elevate your mood, become more mentally resilient, and increase your enjoyment in life. But just as it requires effort to build and maintain physical health, so it is with mental health.

How can you boost your mental health?

  • Make social connection a priority – especially face-to-face interaction

  • Staying active is as good for the brain as it is good for the body

  • Learn how to keep your stress level in check

  • Eat a brain-healthy diet to support strong mental health

  • Don’t skimp on sleep -it matters more than you think

  • Find purpose and meaning in life

Our Passion is TMS therapy

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) can help with mental health by alleviating the symptoms of depression. According to research, the combination of TMS and lifestyle modification can maximize the effectiveness of TMS. Here at BayTMS, we encourage patients to make lifestyle modifications as a routine part of treatment. We love what we do and the people we help!

Resources and References:

Lifestyle medicine for depression - Provides a nexus between public health promotion and clinical treatments, involving the application of environmental, behavioral, and psychological principles to enhance physical and mental wellbeing. (BMC Psychiatry. Biomed Central)

Mental Health America – Mental Health facts, stats, data, (Mental Health America)

Mental and Emotional Well-being – Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, and work productively. (Surgeon General)

The Road to Resilience – Guide to resilience, including ten ways to build your resilience, how to learn from your past, and how to stay flexible. (American Psychological Association)

Mind/Body Connection: How Your Emotions Affect Your Health – Learn how emotions affect your health and what you can do to improve your emotional health. (American Academy of Family Physicians)

Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health – Defines good emotional health, describes how stress affects emotions, and offers tips for avoiding problems. (American Academy of Family Physicians)

Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health – Defines good emotional health, describes how stress affects emotions, and offers tips for avoiding problems. (American Academy of Family Physicians)

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