But your individual health depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of healthcare in your community, as well as the lifestyle choices you make each day.
The more you know about these facets of your care, the healthier you—and your community—can be. cities where patients, providers and hospitals are getting healthcare right.
Even now, brain science is still an emerging frontier.
My dad was a pastor for 10 years, and after that we were involved laypeople—but many people didn't know what was happening, and the church leaders who probably wanted to help us didn't know how. In my own pursuit of healing, I worked to understand my mom's illness and how it affected me.
I started learning about how common mental illness is.
But people who are receiving mental-health treatment have spiritual needs, too.
And mental illness is often accompanied by spiritual crisis.
We have many historically based misconceptions about mental illness in our culture.
Most people don't know enough about it to feel confident discussing it.
In the church, mental illness tends to raise difficult spiritual questions that we don't always know how to answer: How accountable are people for their behavior when they have symptoms of mental illness? Why does God allow the kind of suffering that can cause despair, delusions, and overwhelming anxiety?
Why isn't following Jesus enough to heal mental illness?
The best way to find out whether a mental illness is present is to refer the person to a mental-health professional.
If the person has a treatable mental illness, that treatment can help clear the way for more effectively addressing spiritual issues.
That’s why Healthgrades is proud to introduce the National Health Index.