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Emotional Health

Have you heard the phrase mind-body connection?

It means that emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect our health.

Mental health is important to our overall well-being. It affects our family and interpersonal relationships and our ability to live a full and productive life. People of all ages who have untreated mental health disorders are at high risk for many unhealthy and unsafe behaviors, including alcohol or drug abuse, as well as at risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

And, having a chronic disease can intensify the symptoms of mental health disorders.

To put it simply, good feelings can have positive effects on the body.

Did You Know?

While scientists are still researching this mind-body connection, many studies have already shown that negative feelings like stress, depression and anxiety cause a spike in the hormone cortisol, which in turn suppresses the immune system.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several indicators of mental health, including:

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 Sources: Healthy People 2020, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness