Mental health and physical health both influence emotional health. Mental health, however, is related to the physical state of the brain. Consider that after a stroke damages part of the brain, a person loses abilities like sight, smell, hearing, balance, memory, reading, etc. Losing the ability to read can bring depression (poor emotional health). Having a broken arm and missing a wedding can bring depression (emotional health). I have several close relatives who have mental health issues. Stroke, blows to the head, and other things damaged parts of their brain and they have lost abilities just like a broken arm causes a person to lose abilities. It is heart breaking at times to know that a broken arm heals, but we don't yet know how to heal parts of the brain when it is damaged.

A person can choose to define depression as mental health. Having seen relatives with damaged brains I choose to separate mental and emotional health. I am fortunate that one of my relatives with a damaged brain has good emotional health, i.e., they are happy and understand what they have.

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Dwayne Phillips

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Engineer, computing, consulting, writing, teaching, and a few other things in an effort to make us all better and smarter.

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