People with good mental health are:
- physically healthier
- with a higher level of education, better job
- with higher income
- with a successful career
- successful in short- and long-term relationships
- more satisfied with their lives and the “destiny” they shape
These are people who cope well with situations of emotional distress, are in good contact with reality, including with their wishes and needs. As a result, they become valuable members of society, not only enjoying their own lives but also benefiting others.
The doctor of the Center prof. Gunta Ancane emphasizes that in terms of a calendar time, the brain has a similar operating principle as computers. There is no calendar time for the brain – everything that has happened in the past, what is happening now and what a person is feeling right now, thinking about the future, is happening in the brain at the current time – here and now. This is one of the reasons why the doctors of the Centre are able to help well – no matter how old the traumatic experience is, it is accessible for the doctor and it can be treated with a psychotherapeutic treatment.
The doctor of the Center dr. Artūrs Ancāns notes that there are different definitions of mental health, but the aim of the definitions is to overcome perspectives based on ideal norms, to support an inclusive approach, as free as possible from restrictive and cultural statements, and as close as possible to the emotional experience of human life – sometimes happy, but sometimes sad, even disgusting, or scary, sometimes satisfying and comfortable, but sometimes challenging and uncomfortable.
The doctor of the Center Sandra Vinniņa emphasizes the importance of childhood emotional experiences throughout her life. The emotions are a biochemical process. At the time of emotional experiences, our body releases biological substrates that have an effect on the body as a whole, and on emotional well-being as well.