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Good mental health isn't about being happy all the time

Happy Pills

  • It’s a myth that mental health and happiness mean the same thing.
  • Happiness is just another emotional state, like sadness.
  • Depression is portrayed as not being happy, which is untrue.
  • The pill-popping generations label anti-depressant pills as Happy Pills, which is also misleading.

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Good mental health isn't about being happy all the time

Good mental health isn't about being happy all the time

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/11/26/20975997/happy-therapy-mental-health-antidepressants

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Depression as Chronic Sadness

Depression and mental illness are long associated with being sad and mentally ill people and those fighting mental disorders are judged by the misleading emotional states like happiness, which have nothing to do with the underlying disorder.

Using Therapy

Many people believe therapy is something you need when you are not satisfied, happy or content with life.

Mental illnesses go far beyond being happy or sad, and many people that don't think they need therapy may, in fact, be in acute need of it.

Sadder and Sadder

There is a huge industry built on Happiness, ranging from Self-help Gurus to Yoga.

All data points south even after all this as people are getting sadder, not happier.

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If you're diagnosed with PTSD, you will likely be prescribed therapy, medication, or both.

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Exercising for Self-Esteem

Exercise also has a psychological benefit of making us feel great.

Using exercise as a social activity, we improve our self-esteem and get to meet new people, forming healthy and positive connections

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