Mental Health Illnesses

Mental health is arguably more important than physical health; the two are actually strongly correlated as they can have adverse effects on each other. If you are struggling mentally, you are most defiantly not alone. If you know someone who is struggling, or maybe even slipping a little, offer help in a constructive manner. Keep in mind people suffering from mental health issues will likely be more sensitive and prone to defensive mechanisms as a result of embarrassment; show them empathy and be sure to really plan your approach before you confront them.

Types of mental health illnesses

Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance abuse disorders. Keep in mind, it is extremely common for two or more of the listed disorders to be co-occurring. For example, someone with trauma may turn to substances to self medicate; or someone with anxiety may turn to an eating disorder as a reaction to their first disorder. I will address these disorders in depth on another post. This post is about broadly defining them and help options.

No debate

If you really love somebody, you don’t give them an option to seek help. You give them an ultimatum(even if you are bluffing), and they will likely seek help. For example say I will kick you out, break up with you, disown you, if you don’t seek help. Mental disorders hinder individuals potential, lifestyle, future, and they impede day-to-day life. The U.S. has taken major steps to allow individuals the opportunity to seek mental help. Mental health is included in nearly all health-insurance plans. Rehabs, therapy, psychiatrists, in-patient mental hospitals, the list goes on. Call yourself and set up a treatment plan for your loved one.

Statistics

Mental health has been on the rise(attributed maybe to recognition of mental illness) and the statistics are truly revolting. It is a major problem in the world, we must show empathy to those struggling. This can be hard sometimes as people afflicted with mental illness often act unbalanced and make ill-advised decisions.

In the U.S. almost half of adults 48% will experience mental illness in their life.

In 2017 there were nearly twice as many suicides as homicides.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death of individuals between 10 and 34.

In 2017 8.5 million U.S. adults suffered from both a substance abuse disorder as well as a mental illness; co-occurring disorders.

Drug addition costs the U.S. 740 Billion annually in lost workplace productivity, healthcare expenses, and crime-related losses.

Nearly one in 5 adults live with a mental health illness.

Help the cause

It is clear mental health is an epidemic. You are only responsible for those you love, so it is your duty to be strong and do what you need to in order for them to receive help. Do not feel guilty ever. You have done nothing wrong. Mental health illnesses often make people place blame, and the one afflicted with mental health is not the only one effected. Recruit family, friends, and others to help tackle your loved ones mental health illness.

Click the boxes above for two books that can offer great help to those needed to understand mental illness and how to deal with it.

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