Bad habits, such as having pizza every night, may be sucking the joy out of your life, make you sick and increase your waistline. Our mood is affected by our brain chemistry, but it is largely affected by our behaviors as well so it’s good to know what makes us happy or unhappy with our lives. These habits can increase your risk of depression by sabotaging your mental health.
Mental health problems can cover a broad range of disorders which can be difficult to be clearly diagnosed, so if you think that you or someone you know has a mental disorder, get help ASAP. Bad mental health habits are behaviors that have a negative effect on our mental health and we only have little ability to control them and not get easily upset or lethargic in life.
- Pursuit of excellence
Doing something perfectly can increase your chances of success, that is why psychologists describe perfectionism as positive, when you never deliver anything short of your absolute finest or negative, when you’re used to setting unrealistic goals, not seeing mistakes as opportunities and stress within healthy boundaries. Research shows that negative perfectionism causes distress, disharmony and anxiety.
- Not enough sleep
Going to bed early promotes more happiness, while going to bed late may be linked to poorer mental health, as negative thoughts are more likely to appear when staying up late. By being a ‘night owl’ one may start to feel isolated over time and less energetic the next day, as well.
- Digital portals of constant information
Studies have shown that mobile phone overuse can have a negative impact on mental health, leading to greater incidences of depression and exacerbating existing anxiety. A 2016 study, titled “Fear of Missing out, need for touch, anxiety and depression are related to problematic Smartphone use,” assessed students’ mental health linked to Internet usage. Those who overused their phones were more likely to score higher on the depression scale, according to the study, because of their undeniably addictive quality which can make one choose to use the device even in dangerous contexts or feel irritable if separated from the phone, and adolescents and women seem be more susceptible.
- 4. Discrimination or injustices
Being a target of discrimination affects one’s mental health to a high extent, as research shows that when people are treated unfairly, it can have effects such as a higher risk for developing stress-related disorders and depression. Gilbert Gee, did a 2007 study about the victims of discrimination and much of the research has focused on symptoms of sadness resulting from the mistreatment, looking at clinical outcomes, thus finding a clear relationship between discrimination and increased risk of mental disorders. And when the mental health of one person is affected, it’s not good for any of us, affecting parenting and a child’s development, from the effects of discrimination. He also found that discrimination was significantly associated with increased risk of alcohol abuse and drug abuse, concluding that self-reported discrimination is related to poor mental health.