Mental health, probably the most precious possession each of us owns. You are your mind and your mind is you.

Audit of the Universe looks at the state of worldwide mental health. The World Health Organization statistics are revealing.

Audit of the Universe looks at the state of worldwide mental health. The World Health Organization statistics are revealing.

Mental health is a major issue nowadays. I dare say we have a tendency to pay more attention to our bodies than our minds. Are we taking care of the physical and letting the mental go to pot? Both concretely and metaphorically?
(Audit of the Universe, chapter 9.2)

Last week I started this chapter by referring you to a list of diverse emotions, sentiments, moods, psychological and medical attitudes and asking you the question: Where do these moods, sentiments and emotions reside in your body, if they’re in your body at all?

These last 7 and the future chapters in Audit of the Universe have a double objective:

  1. To address the ‘state of the union-individuals-nations-universe.’ How is humankind doing in a particular area. In this chapter: How are our minds faring?
  2. To define more precisely the ‘pieces of the puzzle.’ In this chapter: The mind. We’re continuing to turn over pieces of the puzzle to make it perfectly clear what we are dealing with. If we don’t know the basics, how can we go on to the more complex? If we don’t possess all the pieces of the puzzle, how can we possibly put it all together and see a final clear picture. With that in mind, what is the mind?

State of Mind

Today, by discussing mental disorders we will deal with the state of the mind and also be pointed in the direction of what is involved in the ‘mind.’ Mental health and the mental are very complex and encompass numerous phenomena that are difficult to explain. I will point out some of them while discussing mental health.

Let’s go straight to the worldwide picture with the World Health Organization: Depression tops the list of causes of ill-health.  Depression is the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.

WHO statistics paint a bleak picture. Common mental health disorders refer to a range of anxiety and depressive disorders. Globally, it is estimated that 4.4% of the global population suffer from depressive disorder, and 3.6% from anxiety disorder. We’re talking about almost 600,000,000 people. By comparison Europe’s population is about 760 million people.

WHO statistics paint a bleak picture of mental health disorders. It is estimated that 4.4% of the global population suffer from depressive disorder and 3.6% from anxiety disorder. That's about 600,000,000 people worldwide. Click To Tweet

Similar situations are prevalent in the USA and UK: At any time, one in six adults has a mental health condition and one in 100 has a severe mental illness. People with mental ill-health die younger, and a greater proportion have poor physical health compared to the general population. These differences are most profound for people with serious mental illnesses, such as psychosis or bipolar disorder, who die on average 10 to 17 years earlier than the general population.

In the USA and UK: At any time, one in six adults has a mental health condition. People with mental ill-health die younger, and a greater proportion have poor physical health compared to the general population. Click To Tweet

This is probably the most depressing blog post I’ve ever written and might ever write. There are gigantic catastrophes like the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that snuffed out 230,000 lives in Asia and East Africa in 2004, but there is no other long-term health illness as debilitating and perplexing as mental disorders.

Here’s a website reference to mental disorders that delves into some major but common types like anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, impulse control and addiction disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and some less common types of mental illnesses including: Stress response syndromes emotional or behavioral symptoms because of stressful situations. Dissociative disorders due to overwhelming stress, factitious disorders, complaining of physical symptoms to place oneself in the role of a person needing help. Sexual and gender disorders affecting sexual desire and performance. Somatic symptom disorders, experiencing physical symptoms with no known medical cause. Tic disorders display repeated uncontrolled body movements. Sleep-related problems, variations of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

It unfortunately points out that mental health disorders are growing faster among kids than adults. This blog post has the intention of making you aware of mind related matter that can affect mental health both positively and negatively. This chapter focuses on the mental, that which is associated with mind.

It does stay general because my goal is to get you to think about down-to-earth everyday situations, emotions, thoughts and activities you hear about and come into contact with. I would like you to realize we take a lot of this for granted but it’s much deeper than you might think. There are a lot of unanswered questions … and I won’t get into the answers about ‘mind’ in Audit of the Universe. I’ll go very far in showing you and affirming that it is not a part of the physical brain–not any part of the body.

You’ll have to be patient for Origin of the Universe where I will not only show you what the mind is but why each human must have a mind and what its purpose is. In the meantime, ponder the origin of the following ‘phenomena’ related to the mental.

One has to be very careful when talking about these because they are related to medical and religious fields. Many go so far as to feel that through these mind-practices they can reach peace and even God: Demon attribution, rhythmic uncontrolled dancing, rhythmic drums and other instruments, exorcism, personal near-death experiences, out-of-body and paranormal experiences, speaking in tongues, automatic writing, composing, singing, painting, and other incoherent practices like visions and interpreting dreams…  Other psychological mind phenomena include: multi-personalities, hypnotism, mesmerism, black magic, reading minds, fortune-telling, charlatanism, trances, transcendental meditation, mindfulness… You can add to this list in the comments and I will add to it as more such phenomena surface.

All of the above practices help people reach a ‘high.’ There’s no doubt that from a human perspective lives are being changed by these experiences, like Ayahuasca and its healing retreats. People do reach more peace, serenity, calmness can and do replace anxiety and guilt. Yes, there are pros, but are there cons, even unsuspected consequences? False sense of security, thinking that a personal experience is the answer to major questions in life? Is this ‘state of mind,’ this ‘peace of mind,’ which is the quest, maybe the goal of these searchers and practitioners the right road to follow? It’s up to you to answer this question.

Below on this page you’ll find some recent news articles about ‘mind’ related to Audit of the Universe. They give you an overall light into what mind is and how humankind is treating this important issue:

The Sounds of Silence The realization that whatever goes on inside or outside our bodies affects the #mind. Are we just making ‘noise’ about this understanding or are we doing something to remedy it? #theExplanation #AuditMind

Physical Safety or Emotional Security? #Mental #health related to daily living has taken center stage in our quest for balanced lives. Why is the #mind so central? And, first of all what is the mind and its role? #theExplanation #AuditBrainMind

Brain images display the beauty and complexity of #consciousness Extremely intricate, these images ‘only’ display little parts of the brain. It’s impossible to imagine the complexity of all these ‘pieces’ working together instantaneously and continually to oversee the life of each one of us. I’m not sure whether ‘consciousness’ is the right choice of words here. These images show functioning parts of the #brain … awareness, #mind, memories, can you scan those? #theExplanation #Auditbrainmind

Genes, Ions, and Other New Frontiers in Psychiatry This article is complex but a rapid perusal by the uninitiated reveals that dealing with the disorders of the #brain and mind #are not easy–at all. One of the key questions is: can brain #medication fix the mind? A more fundamental question is: What’s the difference between the brain and mind? #theExplanation #AuditBrainMind

Gunman Who Shot GOP Congressman Was a ‘Loner’ It’s not the ‘outer appearance of any individual that counts … it’s the inner-being. Former Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, who chatted with Hodgkinson at the gym, said “I never saw him get mad when people were talking good, bad or ugly about any of the #political parties,” Euille told The Associated Press. “He was just a very calm, rational person, I thought.” … The inner-being is the #mind … what are we doing to help people’s minds be respectable and decent? #theExplanation #Auditmind

The Most Effective Psychotherapy For Borderline Personality The best way to deal with #mental #disorders. Why is the #mind preponderant with #humankind? The way to prepare and work with the mind is primordial. #theExplanation #AuditMind

“Better Care” Could Mean No Care The positive side is our awareness of this debilitating situation. #Mental #disorders are not only quite common but also quite impairing. Mental #illness has become the last #frontier for #human rights. The mind is central to #humankind’s #welfare. #theExplanation #AuditMind

The Cognitive Audit With a job, #profession, #career, one’s #skills, #training and #knowledge are important but how one’s #mind adapts to new or unexpected circumstances is beyond what we are prepared for. Why and how does the mind adapt to #changing situations? #theExplanation #AuditMind #AuditHumanSingularity

New Research Confirms 9 Ways to Help Beat Dementia Lifestyle #health is important but the keys are elsewhere. #Cognitive stimulation and creative activities. #Social contact via group activity. Why are #humans so dependant on their #minds, #creativity and #neighbors? #theExplanation #AuditMind

Coping With Not Knowing What Happened to a #Missing #LovedOne #Hope can be a support when there’s #mental turmoil, but hope for what? #theExplanation #AuditMind

We can’t ban killer robots – it’s already too late #Chemical #warfare, atomic warfare, anti-personnel mines … all developed technology that (most) nations have outlawed because of their deadliness. Now come #killerrobots commanded only by their own #algorithms. They choose their own #targets and can #kill indiscriminately. Why can #human minds develop such atrocities? #theExplanation #AuditMind #AuditViolence

Why we need to get better at critiquing psychiatric diagnosis Very complicated article about diagnosing all types of #mental #disorders. Major point: Biological tests are relevant but for the purpose of EXCLUDING other causes. Physical measurable #medical #tests assure #psychiatrists that a BODILY function is not causing the MENTAL disorder. Mental disorders are of the #MIND and you cannot physically test the mind. You can test the #BRAIN because it is physical but the mind is MENTAL and intangible. #theExplanation #AuditMind

This Woman Saved the Americas From the Nazis Amazing #woman, amazing untold story about #decoding, amazing mind. Over decades of practice, Elizabeth solved tens of thousands of messages every year, she developed an #intuition, a way of #thinking that made her one of the best in the #world at seeing the shapes of #words in a field of #letters that nobody else could make sense of. I classified this article under #AuditMind because it clearly reveals what the #human #mind is capable of. Yet, nobody really knows why. #theExplanation

What would you say the state of mind is on our planet? Next week we’ll take a closer look at the effects of violence and pornography on the mind.

This blog post is an excerpt from chapter 9,2 of the book Audit of the Universe

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