Perhaps there is no clear-cut absolute definition, but of course many thorough descriptions are available through well-known and reputable web sites. A general description could be that mental health involves a broad range of medical illnesses that have symptoms involving disorders of thought, feeling and behavior, and or impairment in functioning in relation to a social, psychological, genetic, chemical or biological disturbance. While thinking of mental health, many people will immediately recognize disorders or illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, and other disorders such as dementia. But of course there are hundreds of different disorders including the more serious illnesses as listed in the DSM4. There are particular theories which believe that mental health disorders etc. is not a brain or chemical based means of contributing to or even partly the cause of disorders in general.
Others certainly do recognize mental disorders or illnesses as having some biological element or similar contributions which strongly relates to any given mental health diagnosis. Others may interpret mental health as being mentally ‘healthy’. Whatever any particular theories may suggest and without delving into scientific reasoning and the like, mental health can be interpreted as maintaining or striving to improve mental, cognitive and emotional wellbeing and maintaining homeostasis. Whatever the exact actual causes or reasons may be, mental health issues are a very real and relevant topic of concern in our society and indeed in all of mankind. Many people nowadays do perceive mental health disorders as genuine medical disorders. It covers a much broader area than just not having any given diagnosis.Also, some people appear to recover, only to find themselves relapsing, whereas others may be in remission and cope quite well for long periods of time or perhaps the rest of their lives.
So, regardless of varying definitions and beliefs, it may be useful to look at ideas from different angles, but one may assume that we would generally agree that mental health is a very in-depth field, and the reality is that many people do have a clinical diagnosis. There are theories that state that situational or circumstantial elements can lead to a disorder such as depression. Many argue though that in many or even all cases of a mental health disorder numerous elements may contribute to the cause. However, in disorders whether it is OCD, depression, dementia, any disorder or illness there is quite proven medical evidence that there are biological or neurobiological contributions or causes in relation to mental illness. Recovery may include several factors, not only including the diagnosis itself, but also including other intertwined theories of causes of psychiatric problems such as the debate of nature versus nurture. Generally though, different diagnosed conditions have varying prognostication.