How Mental Are You?
Starting a conversation about mental illness. Where do I start? How do I know where I fit into this mess of the mind? Should I talk about it at all?
Mental Illness is a topic that is tough to talk about.
So I did on the podcast Episode 2 : How Mental Are You?
That is what the podcast is for, to talk about things that are hard to talk about. Since it is Episode 2 and I am still learning, it is a bit choppy and the sections are all over and you can hear the bird in the background. It is real though, right out there. I have an issue with editing because I feel if I keep doing it, when I am done there will be a welcome to the podcast and see you later, that's it.
Welcome to mental illness, the conversation that has to go past a simple sentence. You have to commit to that conversation.
You can't just say, "Hey I have a mental illness" and leave it there. You have some explaining to do. People should not fill in the rest because you will be avoided or come off crazier than you are.
Although I discuss mental illness on the podcast, thought I would put some more information here and some resources.
Why is it so hard to talk about mental illness, from both sides of the fence?
Mental illnesses may be caused by a reaction to environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these. Mental health problems may be related to excessive stress due to a particular situation or series of events. mental illnesses are often physical as well as emotional and psychological.
There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some of the more common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.
What are some mental illness?
Borderline Personality Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
There are five major categories of mental illnesses:
Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders
It’s important to remember that each condition can vary greatly from person to person. https://share.upmc.com/
These conditions can alter your ability to relate to other people, work, and attend school, and can prevent you from living a normal life. Different types of mental illness offer different experiences, and symptoms may vary from person-to-person, even when they share the same diagnosis.
All mental illnesses share this in common: they are associated with significant distress or interfere with a person’s ability to function.
Stigma makes you silent and alone
Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn't only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for conditions, but dispelling false ideas about mental health conditions as well.
Types of Stigma
Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else.
The stigma associated with mental illness can be divided into two types: social stigma, which involves the prejudiced attitudes that others have around mental illness; and self-perceived stigma, which involves an internalized stigma that the person with the mental illness suffers from.
It has been found in a long-term study that this sort of internalized stigma leads to poorer treatment outcomes.
A review of studies on the public stigma of mental illness shows that it is still widespread, even as the public has become more aware of the nature of different conditions. While the public may accept the medical or genetic nature of a condition and the need for treatment, many people still have a negative view of those with mental health conditions. Stigma harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence and prevents them from seeking help.
Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need.
The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.
Educating is great, reading about it is fine. Talk about it now even if it is the hardest thing you do.