What is mental health?
Mental Health can affect how you think and your ability to function in everyday life, it is often described as health conditions such as anxiety or depression. Feeling upset, down and angry are all normal emotions to experience however, if you have been feeling like this for long period of time, have you considered speaking with a professional?
- Almost one in five Australians surveyed had experienced symptoms of a mental disorder during the 12 month period before the survey.
- Anxiety disorders were most common – 14.4%, followed by affective disorders – 6.2% (of which depression is 4.1%), and substance use disorders – 5.1% (of which 4.3% is alcohol related).
- The percentage of people meeting the criteria for diagnosis of a mental illness was highest in younger people, with the prevalence decreasing with age. Twenty-six per cent of 18-24 year olds had experienced a mental disorder, while only 5.9% of people aged 65 years and over had experienced a mental disorder.
- People unemployed or not in the paid workforce had the highest rates of mental disorder, a prevalence rate of 26% for unemployed men and 34% for unemployed women.
- Those with a mental disorder averaged three days out of role (i.e. unable to undertake normal activity because of health problems) over a four week period. This compared with one day out of role for people with no physical or mental condition.
How can MyOnlineClinic help me?
Speaking with a healthcare professional about your mental state can be helpful. Contact a professional who can help you to find the source and allow you to learn a number of coping mechanisms that could ease your everyday life.
A video consultation via MyOnlineClinic is an effective way to receive treatment for mental health. Our healthcare providers are able to see and hear you just like they would in a face-to-face consulting room all whilst you feel comfortable in your own space. You can download our FREE APP here.