The World Health Organization (WHO) sounds the alarm: Negative stress (mental health) is the greatest health threat of the 21st century. And depressions – currently the fourth most common cause of disease worldwide – are said to be the most prevalent health problems by 2020 after cardiovascular disease. Scientifically, the soul is identical to the psyche. By definition, psychology refers to the science of human experience and behavior in relation to oneself as well as to persons, events and objects of the environment.

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Balance with yourself and the environment

Sigmund Freud has recognized man’s ability to work, enjoy and love as essential to our emotional well-being. This depends on the resources of each person. What sources of vitality and lust for life has a person and on what skills to deal with problems, he has to optimally maintain his mental health.

Nowadays it is clear: not only the physical, but also the mental health is important. Those who not only care about the health of their body, but also sufficiently maintain their mental health, can better protect themselves against mental and physical illnesses.

Problems are part of life

Conflicts in relationships, families or in the workplace can lead to severe mental stress. The ideal case would be if every person could deal with such conflicts and burdens in such a way that they do not lead to permanent mental disorders. But: Mental illnesses, especially anxiety disorders, depression, alcohol and other addictions are among the most common diseases in our society.

Mental grief weighs heavily

A mental illness is more difficult to recognize than a physical ailment. But it weighs at least as hard because it can make the soul and body sick. For example, physical symptoms may indicate a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, without a physical cause. Conversely, physical illnesses are often accompanied by mental symptoms.

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Most people with a mental illness can be effectively treated today. Since a mental illness is still a taboo topic today, the targeted help is often not used. The physical symptoms are discussed with the doctor, not the mental ones. The consequences are often misdiagnosis and mistreatment.


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