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Question by chelsea_lulu21: Is it common for mental health professionals to have a personal history of mental illness?
I know some people that work in the mental health field do have a history of mental illness, some that I have met are currently on antidepressants, but because they have their illness under control they are perfectly fine. Is this common, and if you were looking to get into a career in mental health would having a personal history of mental illness benefit you because maybe you could relate to your clients/patients better?

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Answer by deYoung
The mental health profession has as many people with mental illness as does any other profession or the general population, for that matter.
People get into their professions for a variety of reasons – and so do mental health professionals.

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Common Mental Health Problems

Mental health illnesses affect 1 in 5 Americans. The most likely groups to be effected with mental health disorders are women, the unemployed and young adults. This one in 5 that suffer represents nearly 45 million Americans.

The most common types of mental health problems are anxiety, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders and eating disorders. The good new is that most mental health issues are treatable. If symptoms are caught early enough and medical intervention is received there is a good chance of being cured.

Another way to prevent mental health issues in the first place is healthy living. Many disorders such as anxiety, addiction and mood are effected by the life you live and how health or unhealthy the choices are. Thing that can affect this include the relationships you choose, staying free of drugs and alcohol and keep your brain active and engaged.

Many children and adults also suffer from attention disorders (such as ADHD).

These types of disorders can make it very hard to focus which can lead to a failure in certain areas of your life. When you are not able to concentrate it can make it hard to get through your day which could possibly lead to depression.

Eating right, exercising and being mentally active can all improve your mental health or help prevent you from dealing with negative mental health issues in the future. Mental health is just as important as physical health and you should spend time making sure your mind and psyche are in order as well as your body. Brain training can help you train your mind.

Making sure your mind is healthy can make it so you can better manage stress.

When you can better manage stress you are less likely to become depressed or suffer from other mental heath issues.

You need to learn to identify your moods and how to cope with them to have a less stressful life. You need to keep your financial house in order which not easy in current economic situation. Financial problems can cause serious stress that wreaks havoc on you overall mental health.

The most important thing to remember though is that if you do find yourself slipping into some kind of mental health problem to seek help. Almost all mental health problems can be treated and you can feel better about yourself but the first step is seeking the help you need. Untreated mental health problems can lead to feelings of emptiness and it becomes a situation that spirals out of control if left untreated.

Thomas Manner is a specialist in neuroscience and the brain training field in general.