What Constitutes a Mental Health Problem?

There are many ways to categorize what is a mental health problem. In addition, there are many variables, including cultural and social factors.

While psychiatrists and psychologists have most often used biological and psychological approaches, approaches by other helping professionals need to be recognized and may prove valuable.

By observing and listening to the patient or client with an open mind, we can better understand and treat mental health issues.

Professionals agree that the definition of a mental health problem can be highly subjective. It largely depends upon their beliefs and environment. For instance, schizophrenia was revered because of religious fantasies. People thought they had a connection with the divine, and epilepsy was thought to be evidence of the presence of a demon. 

Because of evitable cultural shifts, we also need to understand that the ideas around mental health change. Therefore, we need to be more open and diversify the different approaches to classifying mental health and rely more on nonmedical personnel for their unique point of view.


Contemporary research focuses on European culture or history to exclude a more comprehensive view of the world. In mental health research, the European culture is pre-eminent than minority populations, which has led to an unbalanced view of mental health. Therefore, health professionals need to cater to the individual, and failure to do so may lead to missed opportunities.

An important thing for the public to understand is that mental health is still highly stigmatized. Despite more media coverage since the onset of the pandemic, we are still facing an uphill battle. 

Human beings are constantly interacting with the environment—adjusting to whatever needs they believe are expected of them while still remaining authentic to themselves. Unfortunately, the pressures upon us lead to us losing self-identity. As a result, life satisfaction may dwindle as mental health distress increases. We cannot consider the individual patient without considering all of that which is in one’s experience.

We must be aware that what works for one may not work for another, even when we cannot fully resolve a problem. However, as long as the patient is willing to make an effort to their recovery – even if the problem may be something outside of one’s control—we can teach the tools to help improve their life’s enjoyment or at least help to ease the pain, making life liveable.

Published by Paula Rose Parish - The Hope. Faith. Love & Your Wellness Matters Community

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