Mental illness is often perceived as an abnormal and fictitious state of health, one in which, due to it’s concealed symptoms, can appear beyond realism. However, it is a disabling condition worldwide, in which over 300 million people are suffering from depression and higher than 260 million are dealing with anxiety disorders; making it common and okay to experience, rather than rare and eccentric.
The stereotypes of mentally ill people are those that are manic, psychotic, lunatic, insane, hysterical, and even criminal. But, if you were to spend time with me and look at me, those words are far away from what I am. This conception of mental health conditions, effect a suffer’s own self-esteem and acceptance of having a psychological illness; which is why it is so important to get the word out that it’s okay to have a mental illness. Take a look at the video created by Cut below, and see that those enduring mental health conditions aren’t always ones in straitjackets and asylums.
I’m not going to say that it’s great having mental illnesses, but I know that there is no shame in having one. The stigma surrounding mental illness was a tremendous factor in having difficulty admitting that I needed help to just myself. The reputation upheld in the world at large of mental conditions, not only just affected the revealing the truth of my mental health to others, yet the realisation and recognition of my state of mind to myself. This lead to at least 6 years of denial and no professional assistance, in which my condition worsen as time went by. The circumstances around my past, ignite my persistence in defeating the damaging stigma of mental illnesses so that others don’t struggle like I once did.
Having a long-term mental condition isn’t normal, but that doesn’t mean it’s not okay to have. Any sign of unusual psychological or psychical indication towards the notion of our health being deficient, shouldn’t be overlooked as something regular or normal. As the objective of this concept can lead to further harmful and damaging consequences, that could have been prevented in the first place.