Addiction and Mental Health. 1 

How It Affects You or People Around You. 

Introduction: What is Mental Health? 

When a person cannot deal with the everyday… When a person is angry, frustrated or saddened by seemingly mundane things in life. A person who may not find happiness even when they seem to be trying very hard, nothing seems to fill that empty hole. At times the new road, the new adventure is full of hope and optimism.  However, that positivity is quickly destroyed by negativity, self-doubt and sadness. 

When going out seems like an amazing idea, yet mental illness quickly sets in to create a state of mind that prevents a person from going. 

How to Improve: Check your Mental Health 

Sometimes mental health tips can help and quickly improve one’s state of mind.  Other times they can do more harm than good.  Not everyone responds the same way. This is what happened to a very close family member of mine. He did his best to cope with the struggles of every day but the negativity that hovered above him like a dark cloud was too much.  

Resorting to eating for temporary happiness was one way of coping with the sadness, frustration and whirlwind of emotions that accompanied him. Frustrated with himself, terrible drivers and slow cashiers were some of his aggravations. Not being able to deal with stupid people was a whole other level of anger and negativity. 

All these seemingly little things turned into big things. There didn’t seem to be a way to improve his mental health. The so-called tips to improve mental health didn’t work. 

Mental Illness and the Workplace 

Mental health at work was on another level. The immense amount of frustration was at a boiling point every day. Nothing worked out.  There were no positive steps in any direction, a micromanaging boss and kiss ass yes-men were not helping his fragile mind. Workplace mental illness and work-related stress were at a breaking point. This may or may not have had something to do with him being let go from a very good position. We will never know if it was COVID related or not, but the end result was a dismissal,  

Mental Illness in the Family 

The worst part of all this was that there was no support from his bossy, entitled and emotionally unavailable spouse and very little support from friends. A very close sibling and a family dog were the only sources of happiness and laughter. When going home from work is worse than staying at work, what escape does someone have? Having a family member around with mental illness or depression is no fun for anyone, including the depressed person. 

Conclusion: The Importance of Mental Health in Everyday Life 

There is no quick fix here… The end result was to sign into a facility for a month that was ready to help and assist with his mental health. Heading into a place where one would be closed off from the outside world was very distressing. No cell phone, very little computer and telephone time are going to be stressful. Smartphones are much the same as a numbing agents or a painkiller. 

Endless scrolling numbs the pain and like drugs, it helps one’s mind disconnect from the stress of the moment or the day. It is a Band-Aid and being buried in it is nothing but temporary. The mental health, the depression and anger all come crawling back bit by bit and slowly it all takes over as it did before.  

The importance of good mental health and a healthy coping mechanism is something people take for granted. Sometimes one needs to take drastic measures in life to get better and to seek help before it is too late. If you know of someone dealing with mental health issues, please reach out and help as much as you can. 

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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