Mental illness and it’s impact on society. I asked a couple of people how they were affected by their diagnosis. I was told in a safe and loving atmosphere that mental illness has left them feeling like outsiders. They simply said, they felt different. Thus, I asked them if they could describe what it felt like to have mental illnesses.
I was told small things could bring on a mental episode. Middle school seemed to be the beginning of the road to mental illness and it’s impact on society. Chaos, fear, isolation, anger, and crying spells seemed to be a similar answer by each person. Additionally, sleeping too much or too little was another problem (Typically being accused of laziness). Eating too much or not enough.
The people I talked to were diagnosed with a wide range of disorders. Some had bipolar disorder (also known as manic depressive disorder). Others experienced A.D.H.D, or Schizophrenia. O.C.D, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and suicidal thoughts were some of the other conditions they suffered from. There are over 200 classified forms of mental Illnesses. There are five major categories of Mental Illness
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders
- Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
- Eating Disorders
Mental Illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feelings or mood. Furthermore, such conditions may affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person can have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis. Here is an example of what I am saying.
Daniel Newman and Mental Illness
Daniel Newman is originally from a rural town outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He is an actor and model. He’s known for his roles in NBC’s Television show “Surface”, The “Heroes”, “The Walking Dead” and “The Dark Knight Rising” In total he has a total of 28 Filmography credits. The reason I used a tweet by Daniel is because I believed it was a true summary of what depression can be for some people. You do carry guilt with you. You do want to minimize it by blaming weather or calling it “the blues”. At some point everyone has or will have depression in their life. It’s the length and severity that needs to be carefully watched. It could be something more serious. Congratulations to Daniel for saying something. It’s a great way to raise questions on a platform that is still considered taboo.
NIHM or National Institute of Mental Health states, “Research shows that mental illnesses are common in the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year. Furthermore, estimates suggest that only half of people with mental illnesses receive treatment. So why is it still taboo?