Our circumstances can change (job, family, social support, and so forth), reducing our level of mental health or well-being with or without mental disorders.To function optimally in our lives, it is important to attend both to treating mental illness and addressing mental health.On the other hand, someone may have a chronic mental illness such as OCD or bipolar disorder but maintains well with treatment, has satisfying relationships, a job they like, and good social support.
Everyone at any point in time could represent any point on the two dimensions.
Our state on either dimension is fluid and not static.
This perspective looks like this: This model does not fit everyone’s experience.
Mental illness and mental health are best understood as separate dimensions and both need to be addressed.
Now, I know I can do things I hadn’t even imagined before.