Mental illness. The thing that 1 in 4 Americans will experience in their life. The thing that Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe, and Robin Williams had in common. The thing that is spoken of in whispers.
One of our highest taboos is one of the things that needs to be spoken of most. Mental illness effects everyone in some way or another: either we have personally suffered with it, or we know someone who has.
But, there is a disproportinate amount of attention on mental illness as opposed to, say, cancer. We all know about the pink ribbon, the Race for the Cure, and how likely prostate cancer is for older men. Cancer effects much lower numbers of people, yet the attention it receives is overwhelming. Have you ever seen a fundraiser for schizophrenia …show more content…
Since mental illnesses have wide spectrums of possible disorders, symptoms, and co-morbidity, it 's incredibly difficult to research. Unlike something like allergies, which originate from a simple overactive immune system, and can be cured or lessened in a variety of ways, mental illnesses are entirely different. Most cannot be cured, and the sufferer can be stuck with it for their entire life. Symptoms can be controlled but the root cause of the disease can 't be solved.
And even though some of the illnesses can be controlled, others can 't. People with bipolar disorder can have recurrent, severe episodes of mania and depression, even with medication. Obsessive-compulsive disorder can cause people to preform strange rituals to try to ease their anxious minds. Panic attacks can overwhelm individuals with anxiety disorders.
This is where the stigma of mental illnesses step in. Sufferers are called "crazy", "insane", "psychotic". They are looked at as if something is wrong with them, or as if they are weak. Stigma can cause people to be afraid of, look down upon, or shun those with mental …show more content…
However, we, as humans, need to do more to completely destroy the stigma surrounding our mental health. It needs to be treated as a physical illness is, with the same aggression and passion as things like cancer and diabetes are. More needs to be done in order to make ourselves healthier, nor only in body, but also in mind.
How does the stigma of mental health affect me? I suffer from bipolar disorder. I have struggled with suicidal thoughts, actions, and self-harm. I take medicine each morning in order to balance the chemicals my brain fails to make. I am not crazy, I will not hurt anyone, and I make sure that I treat everyone with kindness. My disability is not visible, but it is present. It touches on each aspect of my life. Though it is tough, I have grown to be a stronger person because of it. There is nothing in my life I would change, because I thank God every night for the life I am living now.
I have met many other people, young and old, who have also had problems similar to mine. I have met people from all walks of life, and it has led me to this conclusion: mental illness does not discriminate. It attacks the rich, the poor, the good, and the bad. It can happen to absolutely
For a very long time, mental health was a disease people would not dare speak about. The stigma associated with mental health meant that it was viewed as a curse or simply poor upbringing. Crazy, right? (Pardon the pun). Although it’s not seen as a curse by us in this generation any more, many people with mental health issues still have to face ignorance, prejudice and discrimination from our society just because of their lack of understanding or reluctance to try and understand. Be that as it may, these attitudes directly impact upon how and if people choose to seek help, making the negative and ignorant opinions and attitudes of others potentially dangerous to many individuals and the people around them.
The stigma and negative associations that go with mental illness have been around as long as mental illness itself has been recognized. As society has advanced, little changes have been made to the deep-rooted ideas that go along with psychological disorders. It is clearly seen throughout history that people with mental illness are discriminated against, cast out of society, and deemed “damaged”. They are unable to escape the stigma that goes along with their illness, and are often left to defend themselves in a world that is not accepting of differences in people. Society needs to realize what it is doing, and how it is affecting these people who are affected with mental illness. If we continue to not help them, and to foster their illness, it will only get worse.
Mental illness plagues one out of four American citizens. Mental illness varies greatly from person to person. The spectrum of mental illness includes many illnesses including, depression and anxiety as well as some more serious illnesses such as Down syndrome. All mental illness plays a role in how this person is going to function in society. These individuals have unique needs and individual strengths that need evaluated for proper care.
Mental illness can be a mixture of different factors. You can get mental illness through genetics meaning that it is passed down within the family. That can only happen if the mental illness is heredity. Another factor of mental illness is psychological trauma. Psychological trauma like abuse, or loss can cause some mental illnesses. When mental illness is untreated it makes it difficult for the person to function in society and deal with everyday life. The different types of mental illnesses range from anxiety disorders to personality disorders. Other mental illnesses are mood disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, and impulse control and addiction disorders. An example psychotic disorder schizophrenia. Examples of eating disorders are bulimia and anorexia. According to MedicineNet.com “Most mental illnesses are caused by a combination of factors and cannot be prevented”. Mental illness is something that should not be avoided. The biggest issue when it comes to mental illness that is noticeable is when someone who has a mental il...
Mental illness is an increasing problem in America. Currently about 26.2% of Americans suffer from a mental disorder. A mental illness/disorder is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functions. Mental illness can affect humans of any age, race, gender and socioeconomic status. However the care that is needed to effectively cure and help the people affected by the illness is not equal for everyone here in American, especially for African Americans.
Mental illness can be defined as a variety of disorders within the brain that can affect an individual’s mood, way of thinking and behaviour. These illnesses are caused by biological, psychological and sociological influences. Mental illnesses have become more prominent throughout communities while the seeking for help or a cure has appeared to become less evident. In today’s society, mental illnesses are portrayed through various media platforms in a way that causes such a stigma around the illness that it affects those who suffer almost as much as the illness itself.
There are so many types of mental illnesses that affect people every day. When some people think of mental illnesses they think of the ones that would cause people to have physical symptoms as well, but that’s untrue, there are many more that you would never know anyone has if you were to see them on the street. As defined by the 2008 encyclopedia “a mental illness is any disease of the mind or brain that seriously affects a person’s ability or behavior. Symptoms of a mental illness may include extreme moods, such as excessive sadness or anxiety, or a decreased ability to think clearly or remember well.” A mentally ill person has severe symptoms that damage the person’s ability to function in everyday activities and situations. Every nation and every economic level can be affected by a mental illness. In the United States alone about 3% of the population has severe mental illness and to add to that number about 40% of people will experience a type of mental illness at least once in their lives. Some cases of mental illnesses can go away on their own, but some cases are so severe that they require professional treatment. There is so much more available to help people recover from their symptoms than in the past.
Not every single person that has been diagnosed with a mental disorder is an unlawful individual, drug addict, or danger to society. But sadly, that’s the stigma. The public fears people with mental illness. They think that anyone with a psychiatric disorder cannot be controlled. In an online blog post, Susan Blumenthal states, “many consider mental health problems to be the result of personal character flaws rather than real illnesses, like heart disease or diabetes” (Blumenthal, 2012). Family members often think that the diagnosed loved one is just “attention seeking” or that they “need to just get over it already.” When an unfortunate event happens in the world, such as a public shooting, immediately the public assumes that “they must have some type of psychotic
There are many ways in which the mentally ill are degraded and shamed. Most commonly, people are stated to be “depressed” rather than someone who “has depression”. It is a common perception that mental illnesses are not a priority when it comes to Government spending just as it is forgotten that most mental health disorders can be treated and lead a normal life if treatment is successful. The effect of this makes a sufferer feels embarrassed and feel dehumanized. A common perception is that they should be feared or looked down upon for something they have not caused. People experience stigma as a barrier that can affect nearly every aspect of life—limiting opportunities for employment, housing and education, causing the loss of family ...
People with a mental illness are often feared and rejected by society. This occurs because of the stigma of mental illness. The stigma of mental illness causes the perception of individuals with mental illnesses to be viewed as being dangerous and insane. They are viewed and treated in a negative way. They are almost seen as being less of a human. The stigma affects the individual with a mental illness in such a cruel way. The individual cannot even seek help without the fear of being stigmatized by their loved ones or the general public. The stigma even leads to some individuals developing self-stigma. This means having a negative perception of one’s self, such as viewing one’s self as being dangerous. The worst part is that the effects of
In the past, mental illness was taboo to discuss and there was fear surrounding the topic. However, remarkable strides have been made in figuring out the causes of the disease and weighing the most effective treatments specialized for each specific disease. According to the American Psychotic Association, “A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.”
Mass media “references to people with mental health problems found more than four in ten articles in the press used derogatory terms about mental health and nearly half of press coverage related mental illness to violence and crime” (Esseler, 244). This is causing for people to look down upon the mention of mental illnesses and many times ignore the importance of confronting this issue. Therefore the importance of removing this stigmatization is crucial. Education allows to make more informed decisions and then changing the perception of mental illness can lead towards policy changes toward the improvement of mental health (Sakellari,
Every time a large shooting event is talked about, everyone only talks about the gun and laws on buying and owning a gun. People (politicians mostly) gloss over the fact that most times mental health/disorders are involved. No one wants to talk about mental health due to the sigma of it and how everyone is scared of it due to no real education on the topic. Many times the people who need the most help never get help they need due to the stigma of mental health/ disorders. An example is how if someone has something wrong mentally with them, they become pariahs if they talk about it. Because of the stigma and treatment problems, mental health/ disorders stigmas and treatment must change to be able to help more people.
People affected by mental health conditions experience several life challenges. They are frequently related with someone who rambles through streets or the mad who talks to himself or herself or even the crazy homicides who are seen in movies. Some words like crazy, insane, schizophrenic and even maniac are vulgarly utilized to nominate people that suffers from mental health issues because sometimes their behaviour is different than expected by society. Situations when people with mental issues are labelled or stereotyped are known as stigma and it generates a lack of acceptance and comprehension that makes these