Emotional Health

A simple definition of emotional health is a state of wellbeing in which the individual realizes his or her abilities and can cope with the normal stresses of life. Furthermore it is when a person can also work productively and is able to make contributions to his or her community.

Demands placed upon the human beings have shifted from physical survival issues that framed the first four hundred years since the invention of printing, to the twentieth/twenty-first century cerebral adaptation allowing the modern human being more time to spend engaging in living and less in an agrarian or hunting activities related to survival.

Simply ascribing or working to attain and keep up with one’s emotional health is the daily pursuit of emotional wellness of mind-body, which is available to a human free from and diagnosed or imagined mental impairment or mental disorder These severe mental health disorders are not applicable to a “normal” humans emotional health issues.

Abraham Maslow formed an identifiable hierarchy of human needs compromised of food, water, clothing, shelter, and sex. These basic needs preclude any cultural differentiation and serve as a basic template for minimum requirements of basic human goals that would need to be attained prior to the addition of a stable emotional health disposition which is possible if the individual is not suffering identifiable emotional health issues such as bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and several other types of mental illness as defined in the DSM.

Emotional health is a positive goal to embrace and help as active aware human beings cope with the inevitable bumps along life’s road we all encounter.

Social and economic factors can contribute to challenges upon an individual’s emotional health goals. Loss of employment, illness, traumatic occurrences, accidents, substances abuse, despair, disappointment in family or spouse, and many other casual agents that occur in most of our lives can lead to depression, anger, dark thoughts, and other maladjusted frames of mind which work against good emotional health.

Taken to its extreme these negative factors can force a person to the “long term solution for a short term problem” im that each year 30,000 odd Americans alone chose as a solution suicide. A solid emotional health foundation which embraces positive mental health attributes can dispel such selfish and destructive acts as suicide or substance abuse.

As a means of living a healthy and fit life one must consider managing one’s emotional health and developing and retaining a set of “coping skills” that allows a good path of emotional health from cradle to grave.

Seeking professional help from clinical social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists is healthy response if an individual is feeling his or her emotional health is challenged by negative life factors, and a family intervention can help turn a negative personal event into a positive emotional state of mind by seeking help and working with a professional. Those humans who do not have access to treatment options in regard to their emotional health or do not have a personal support system would be advised to pursue professional help if their emotional health is challenged.

Staying on the road to emotional health is a lifelong goal for all of functioning members of our human race. A worldwide goal to attaining this measure will remain a twenty first agenda item for all developed countries as a means to healthy populations.