Mental Health

What affects our mental health?

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Negative emotions are a healthy reaction to the challenges that every person faces in their life. The intensity of the reaction varies from person to person and there is no one “right way” to react to stress. Some people are born with, prone to or develop mental health issues.

There are many factors that affect our state of mind and being aware of them may make it easier to understand when we, or someone we care about, are struggling.

Here are some of the common reasons to develop mental health issues.

  1. Change. Both positive and negative, change is always stressful for a person. Some research has shown that even the smallest thing like changing one’s phone causes stress levels to rise. And when we face a big or sudden change, it can be very hard to deal with, whether it’s moving home, starting university, having a baby or starting to care for someone.
  2. Financial insecurity. Financial insecurity is a cause for big stress. Worrying about your financial situation, work issues or your house can have a negative effect on your mental health.
  3. Relationships. Some people like more human contact, some less but other people are one of the most important aspects of our lives. But finding a perfect balance in a relationship with another person, be it your own mother or a beloved partner, can be challenging and can greatly affect how we feel about ourselves and the quality of our lives.
  4. COVID-19 pandemic. While the impact and experience of the COVID-19 outbreak has been different for everyone, there’s no doubt it’s been a really difficult time for us all. Depression is one of the more common post-coronavirus symptoms. But with lockdowns, isolation and sudden lifestyle change, the world has seen the surge in mental health issues and cases of suicides even outside of the group of COVID survivors.
  5. Unhealthy lifestyle choices. Smoking, drug use, alcohol misuse, overeating or gambling can contribute to poor mental health. In turn, poor mental health can lead to increased addictive behaviours.
  6. Physical health issues. How we are physically affects how we feel mentally. Health issues, medical appointments and tests may make us anxious, and our mood may get worse from being in pain or physically incapaciated for a period of time.

A long-term, life-limiting or life-threatening illness can make us feel sad, worried or angry. Whether physical or mental, ill health can affect work, relationships and the way we relate to other people.

Poor sleep, anxiety and low mood can also occur alongside less common mental illnesses, such as eating disorders, psychosis or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

It’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if or when you need it. There are various ways in which poor mental health has been shown to be detrimental to physical health.

For example, people with the highest levels of stress were 32% more likely to have died from cancer. Depression has been found to be associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

RANKEL Stress Scanner is an advanced complex HRV monitor to measure the patient’s functional state. It can assess the patient’s psycho emotional state by phase analysis and biorhythm mapping.

After collecting and analyzing data, the complex device presents information on the patient’s psycho emotional state in the form of spline maps. Spline maps represent measurements of activity in some parts of the patient’s brain and the whole of the central nervous system. The device can be an essential tool to assess the patient’s mental health. It is important to mention that the technology used by RANKEL Stress-Scanner is approved by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation as well as the European and the US healthcare commissions. It is allowed to be used for medical purposes. It is very easy to use and can be manipulated by unqualified professionals.

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