The definition of mental illness as defined by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellnessis the following: a clinically diagnosable disorder that significantly interferes with a person’s cognitive, emotional, or social abilities.
1 in 5 adults in Australia experience a mental illness every year with it being estimated that 45% of Australians will be affected by mental illness at some time in their life. As with many diseases, there is a spectrum and, in some people, it can be severe and noticeable and in others mild and not noticeable. There are many different types of mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Each illness can alter the persons’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in distinct ways with specific characteristics being related to a type of mental illness.
Imagine this you are in the doctor’s office wanting treatment for your mental illness and they suggest that there’s this new treatment on the market that’s showing great response and doesn’t require you taking a pill once a day. You’re curious about it and it’s then that they mention it’s it called psilocybin or magic mushrooms, you give it a go and to your surprise it works. While this may seem, farfetched this could be a reality in the not to distance future. With the Australian government recently investing $15 million in grants to research this.
Everyone sleeps but how much we sleep, and the quality varies from person to person. Sleep allows the body to heal, process thoughts, helps with the immune system and generally clear the brain of excess thoughts. An average adult needs somewhere between 7-9 hours of sleep a night to function. For some people they might be able to get away with 7 hours of sleep for others they need 9 hours.
If you've ever submitted an enquiry or asked a question about a product the chances are you will have spoken to Jason. Jason has been with Barty about a month and is such an asset to the team. He is always happy to help and provide support. But there is more to Jason than meets the eye which is why he is todays Mental Health Profile.