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Dynamics of Mental Health

Mental health is an important dimension of health because the state of mind affects its physiological processes. Mental health is not mere absence of psychological diseases but the balanced development of individual’s personality and emotional attitudes which enable him to live harmoniously with his fellow beings. A mentally healthy person is able to maintain stability of mind in the midst of adverse circumstances, William C. Menninger, President of the Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kansas, (USA) drew up the following list of questions to help you take your own mental health pulse:

  • Are you always worrying?
  • Are you unable to concentrate because of unrecognized reasons?
  • Are you continually unhappy without justified cause?
  • Do you lose your temper easily and often?
  • Do you have wide fluctuations in your mood from depression to elationback to depression, which incapacitate you?
  • Are you troubled by regular insomnia?
  • Do you continually dislike being with people?
  • Are you upset if the routine of your life is disturbed?
  • Do your children consistently get on your nerves?
  • Are you browned off and constantly bitter?
  • Are you afraid without real cause?
  • Are you always right and other person always wrong?
  • Do you have numerous aches and pains for which no doctor can find a physical cause?

The conditions charted in these questions are the major warning signals of poor mental health in one way or another. According to Dr. Menninger, help is necessary if the answer to any of these questions is definitely ‘yes’. Dr. Menninger suggested four principles to help you improve your mental health:

  1. Realize your mistakes and take firm actions to correct them.
  2. Understand the fundamental truths of life so as to turn your belief system positive.
  3. Make sincere and tireless efforts until your objectives are achieved.
  4. Fulfill the social and family responsibilities, for example, being a trustee, and at the same time, remain free from unhealthy habits.


Tag: Mental health, psychological disease, Menninger Foundation