Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the “psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment”. From the perspective of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) mental health includes “subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, among others.” WHO further states that the well-being of an individual is encompassed in the realization of their abilities, coping with normal stresses of life, productive work and contribution to their community. However, cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how “mental health” is defined.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t rely on supplements to manage your stress, exercise and diet are always key. However, by taking these seven supplements, you could help to naturally reduce your levels of anxiety and other mental health challenges before taking a trip to the doctor.
1. Inositol (Vitamin B8)
B Vitamins have long been linked to helping to beat stress, but B8 is particularly helpful in combating OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and panic disorder, according to Health Central. In a previous study, patients with OCD reported relief compared to those who took a placebo.
However, the same study showed that subjects that were taking SSRIs (antidepressants) did not report any improvement when taking inositol, and that overall anxiety stayed about the same in all subjects. The supplement is also believed to assist patients with trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling).