Fact or Fiction: Mental Health

Fact or Fiction: Mental Health

Your physical health is important, but what’s going on inside your head is important too.

Mental health — your psychological, emotional and social well-being — affects pretty much everything you do. But taking care of your mental health isn’t always easy.

Many people are living with mental health conditions such as
depression or bi-polar disorder and may need treatment to help with symptoms. And research shows that women and people assigned female at birth are more likely to have specific types of mental health conditions compared to men.

So how much do you know about mental health and common mental health conditions? Take our quiz to find out.

1. About 1 in 10 people in the U.S. are living with a mental health condition.

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fiction. More than 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. are living with mental health conditions. And about 1 in 25 people are living with a serious mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or major depression.

2. If a family member is diagnosed with a mental health condition, you will also have that condition.

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fiction. Although a family history of mental health conditions increases risk, it doesn’t mean that you definitely will develop the same condition or have a mental health condition at all.

3. Your physical health can have a negative affect on your mental health.

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fact. People living with a chronic illness may be more likely to develop or have a mental health condition. This may be due to stress, sadness or physical changes depending on the disease. For example, people with diabetes are up to three times more likely to develop depression than people without diabetes.

4. Women are at higher risk for depression and anxiety compared to men.

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fact. Some mental health conditions including depression and anxiety are more common in women. For example, women are almost twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Women are also more likely to experience post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), a type of anxiety disorder, than men.

5. Only about 50% of people living with mental health conditions receive treatment.

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fact. Some people may not know that they’re living with a mental health condition. If you or someone you know may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, talk to your healthcare provider (HCP) right away. Your HCP can screen for mental health conditions, prescribe certain medications and give you a referral to a specialist if you need one.

6. Perimenopause and menopause affect your body — not your mental health.

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fiction. Women may have symptoms of depression among other mental health conditions because of hormone and lifestyle changes that happen around perimenopause and menopause.

7. Your socioeconomic status can impact your mental health.

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fact. Research shows that women who grew up in poverty or live in lower socioeconomic households are at higher risk for mental health conditions such as depression.

8. Exercise can make your brain stronger.

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fact. Research shows that physical activity can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and the risk of cognitive decline, including dementia. In fact, one study found that cognitive decline was about twice as common among adults who are not active compared to adults who are active. Go brain!