Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It can have an effect on our everyday lives, impacting how we feel, how we think, and how we act in certain situations. According to Mental Health in America, 18.57% of adults are experiencing a mental health illness, which is equivalent to 45 million Americans. Therefore, it is important for individuals to learn about some of the common mental illnesses, in order to prioritize their mental health at every stage of their lives.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  1. Define the common mental illnesses: anxiety, depression, stress, burnout, and sleep.
  2. Identify the risk factors and symptoms of each mental illness.
  3. Understand the importance of how exercise can contribute to combatting each mental illness. 



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Ch. 4 - Mental Health & Wellness by UGA PEDB Program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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