Mental Illness Stigma
More importantly, are YOU adding to it?
What kind of person do you picture when you hear the word “schizophrenic”? How would you react if you found out your best friend had bipolar disorder?
What if someone suggested that YOU might have an anger management problem?
Unfortunately, most of the world hasn’t yet realized that “mentally ill” does not translate into “crazy”.
Many people suffer from the devastating effects of a mental health issue. In fact, studies show that up to 40% of the world experiences a mental health issue at some point in their lives.
So according to statistics, you know a LOT of people who are living with a mental illness. Perhaps a small percentage of them are receiving treatment, but chances are the majority is too ashamed to seek diagnosis. Too many people consider “mental illness” to be a label synonymous with words such as “insane” or “unstable”.
The stigma associated with mental illness is incredibly misled.
One of the most common reactions to a mental illness is to feel ashamed of it. Many people fear that they are at fault for the onset of the disorder. And while certain lifestyle choices and personality types can help to stimulate a mental illness, it’s important to realize that a mental illness is almost always a result of an ungoverned chemical imbalance in the brain.
It is time to take steps to reverse the harmful effects of mental illness stigma.
Perhaps the untreated mentally ill population doesn’t realize how simple treatment can be. In many cases, a simple prescription will work wonders in the brain – rebalancing the hormoneswhich are causing the problem.
A mental illness shouldn’t be any more embarrassing than a physical one! After all, the root cause is a physiological malfunction of hormones in the brain – just as the root cause of diabetes is a physiological defect relating to the production of insulin.
There are thousands of people in the world right now who are unnecessarily suffering through the overwhelming symptoms of a mental illness. Are you one of them?
Do you ever feel as though you are not in control of your emotions? Does stress ever seem so overwhelming that you would rather give up on a situation than persevere? Do you ever find yourself worrying about situations that other people disregard as unnecessary? Do people call you paranoid, or ever accuse you of overthinking everything?
It’s important to take into consideration that certain personality types
may show symptoms of mental illnesses without actually having them. However, it
is estimated that thousands of mental illnesses are left undiagnosed and
untreated. You may be suffering from a mental health issue and not
Learn more about how to use your physical health to improve your mental health at our Mental and Physical Health page.
By keeping your mind healthy, you are being responsible to both yourself and your loved ones.
DON’T let the stigma associated with a mental health issue continue to disturb your life.
DO make an effort to reverse the discouraging and misled conception of mental health.
Start by restructuring your understanding of “mental illness”. It doesn’t mean “crazy”.
It means “sick”.
It means “treatable”.