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Mental or Emotional?

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Josh Phegan posed an interesting question to our Future Leaders Group last week – he asked, “When someone says they’re experiencing mental health issues, could it in fact be emotional issues?”

“Semantics” some of you might be thinking but let’s consult the dictionary to settle that:

1. Relating to the mind ‘mental faculties’
2. Relating to disorders of the mind ‘mental health’

1. A strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.
2. Instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.

I’m not remotely qualified to diagnose whether someone has mental health issues or is instead experiencing “a strong feeling deriving from (their) circumstances.”

I suspect that’s also true for you. And for any of your colleagues who are self diagnosed, i.e., haven’t seen a specialist.

In which case, might I suggest that when someone says that they have mental health issues, it might be possible that they don’t, and instead are experiencing emotional issues?

Mental health is serious. So too emotional issues. They probably require a different prescription to sort out.

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