What is the difference between mental health and mental illness?
Mental health and mental illness (disorder) are increasingly being used as if they mean the same thing, but they do not. Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has health. As the World Health Organization famously says, “There is no health without mental health.” In the course of a lifetime, not all people will experience a mental illness, but everyone will struggle or have a challenge with their mental well-being (i.e., their mental health) just like we all have challenges with our physical well-being from time to time.
When we talk about mental health, we are talking about our mental well-being: Our emotions; our thoughts; and feelings; our ability to solve problems and overcome difficulties; our social connections; and our understanding of the world around us.
A mental disorder is an illness that affects the way people think, feel, behave, or interact with others. There are many different mental illnesses, and they have various symptoms that impact peoples’ lives in different ways.
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Integrative therapy is a progressive form of psychotherapy that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual client. With an understanding of normal human development, an integrative therapy-based program modifies standard treatments to fill in development gaps that affect each client in various domains of their life.
Integrative therapy considers the individual characteristics, preferences, needs, physical abilities, spiritual beliefs, and motivation level of each client. By combining elements drawn from different schools of psychological theory and research, integrative therapy becomes a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment than more traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy.
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