How does the stigma of mental health relate to a lack of treatment? Lets talk about it!
I dislike the conversations where I have to prove how important a person’s mental health is and why the stigma needs to be removed from it. Many continue to ask “if mental health is real” well…
I mean the fact that: the government has begun to invest in mental health centers. Someone can get a degree in therapy, social work or psychology specific studying mental health.
Or the fact that 1 in 4 adults have a mental illness; it is still up to individuals with mental illness to prove its real.
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It seems as though if it is not directly influencing their lives, people will ignore it or claim it is not an issue just because it is not their issue.
Many people say “depression is not that bad, everyone gets sad.”
Yes, everyone gets sad. However, everyone does not remain sad for two or more weeks. Everyone does not contemplate suicide because of a stressful situation that has left them feeling the “world would be better” without them.
Nor does everyone does not miss work, isolate, gain or lose a significant amount of weight, have panic attacks or have insomnia because they are sad.
Is mental health real?
I want people to prove to me that anxiety is not real. I do not mean the butterflies’ one gets before a race or a first date. Anxiety that seems to cripple you, that interferes with your ability to function.
I mean the anxiety that prevents you from driving or riding in a car thereby preventing you from keeping your job.
The panic attacks that make it difficult for you to breathe and understand that you can handle your current situation. I mean the anxiety that causes ulcers, insomnia, and an inability to concentrate on simple task.
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Stigma of mental health
However, people believe in schizophrenia, personality disorders and psychosis. Interesting is it not? Why is it that chronic mental illnesses are believed but mood disorders are not?
Is it that most chronic mental illnesses have been shown in movies such as Sybil or Split to intrigue its viewers.