Focus On... Mental Health

September 2019

In the United States, 46 percent of adults will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. A person’s mental health is prone to change based on individual life experiences. Just as people become physically ill, they can also become mental ill. Mental illnesses can include depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions.

If you are experiencing any of the follow, it may be time to check-in on your mental health:

  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Feeling depressed or unhappy
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeping problems
  • Weight or appetite changes
  • Feeling withdrawn
  • Substance abuse
  • Feeling guilty or worthless

Mental health is defined as "a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being." While life experiences can influence a person’s mental health, there are ways to keep your mental health in good condition.

Some ways to practice good mental health are:

  • Tell yourself something positive
  • Write down something you are grateful for
  • Focus on one thing (in the moment)
  • Exercise
  • Eat a good meal
  • Get enough sleep
  • Meditate


To learn more about Psoriasis Action Month, check out the following resources:


5 Reasons You Shouldn't Ignore Your Mental Health (Get Old)


Mental Health Awareness for Older Adults (Health in Aging)


Talking to Your Doctor About Depression (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

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