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Mental Illness!! It’s Not Always What You Think

Mental Disorder

STIGMA IS A THREAT TO YOU AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS!!

 

“Stigma is the rejection, avoidance or fear, people direct toward those they perceive as being “different.” Mental illness attacks everyone and anyone. It affects, what makes us human: language, reasoning, and empathy. Our memory, character, the difference between self and others, their perception of what is reality and what is unreal, everything is impaired when one is suffering from mental illness.

 

Don’t we all know what was stopping us from meeting a counselor?

 

Are you doing these things? You need to stop doing them right now!!

 

Stigma can harm us in many ways. Some are mentioned below.

 

  • Do you tell yourself “I don’t need a psychologist? I’m smart enough to solve my own issues.

 

  • As soon as you hear the word psychologist…what comes to your mind? Is it. I am not mad!!

 

  • Is your thought like? The people around me what will they tell? They will stop talking to me if I tell them I am having a mental health problem. They will turn their backs on me.

 

  • Lesser opportunities for education, workplace, and housing.

 

  • Cost of mental health treatment doesn’t include in health insurance.

 

  • Harassment and physical violence.

 

  • The belief that you can’t do anything to improve the situation.

 

Why? What does the Stigma do?

 

Stigma creates fear, mistrust, and violence on the public towards people living with/ recovered from mental illness and their families. This leads to social distancing and social rejection. The mentally ill patient often lives in shame, social exclusion, low self-esteem, loneliness, less or no friends at all and are considered as the black sheep of the family.

Social isolation is associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes and early mortality – “the lethality of loneliness.” Social isolation predicts disability among individuals with mental illness. The stigma affects the treatment outcomes and hinders effective and efficient recovery the mental health issues.

 

Here are some ways you can use to cope with Stigma:

  • Seek treatment.

You might be hesitating to admit that you need treatment. You shouldn’t prevent yourself because of the fear of getting labeled with a mental illness. Treatment can help in finding out what is wrong and help in reducing the symptoms and help in how to deal with it mentally and physically.

 

  • Don’t let stigma develop self-doubt and shame.

 

You might believe that if you’re labeled with a mental illness. You may believe that your condition is a sign of personal weakness or that you must be able to control it without help. Visiting a counselor, reading up about your condition or talk to people who have a similar type of conditions. The benefits will be increased self-esteem and overcome destructive self-judgment.

 

  • Don’t isolate yourself. 

 

You might be hesitating to admit that you have a mental illness to others. Your friends, family, near and dears ‘ones can offer support if they know about your mental illness. You must reach out to people who you trust and respect for the compassion, support, and understanding you need.

 

  • Don’t equate yourself with your illness. 

 

You have an illness you are not the illness. You can say “I have bipolar disorder” instead of saying “I’m Bipolar”. Instead of calling yourself “a schizophrenic,” say “I have schizophrenia.”

 

  • Join support groups. 

 

Support groups, a group consisting of people similar type of mental illness be it depression, substance abuse etc. that help reduce stigma by educating people who have a mental illness, their families, and the general public.

 

 

Try to express your experiences, your opinions via social media, post pictures… write open letters, talk at events. Set up a meetup. It can help instill courage in those facing similar challenges and educate the public about mental illness.

 

The general public lacks the ability to understand and empathize with your condition and doesn’t know the severity of the conditions. What you can do is, learn to accept your condition and figure out what you need to do to treat it, seeking support, and helping educate others can make a big difference. Visit at Cadabam’s or call us @+91 96111 94949 for help now! Fight Stigma. Get and spread help now!

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