The fear of mental illness
have the courage to delve into the dark corners of the mind, we all fear that it may do.
Many people know and understand the effects of depression, but it is the drift into more serious forms of mental illness that give us the greatest cause of concern. It is when we think that we are still of stable and balanced mind but everyone around is saying that we are not. How can we trust people when
in this situation? How will we know when we have lost the ability to think logically and rationally? Friends and family will tolerate us when we become a little eccentric. Even bouts of anger and shouting for little apparent reason will be excused. What happens when we have lost our ability to reason and feel that everyone is ganging up against us. How will we know when we
have reached this point? One of the symptoms of serious mental illness is paranoia; this is when we believe that people are against us. How will we know when to trust or distrust people around us? Will we know enough to care. One of the fears is that we will retain enough intellect to see a change in the way people treat us and still feel rational enough despite what they say. One of the problems may be intermittent loss of our mental faculties. When symptoms come and go it will be difficult to track what is real. 5 warning signs of mental health risk 1 A change in personality. if someone is acting like a very different person.
2 Uncharacteristic anxiety, anger, or moodiness.
3 Social withdrawal and isolation.
4 Lack of self-care risky behaviours.
5 A sense of hopelessness or feeling overwhelmed. or
Mental health problems are very real. The World Health Authority published the following facts.
Around 20% of the world's children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems. About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14. Similar types of disorders are being reported across cultures. Neuropsychiatric disorders are among the leading causes of worldwide disability in young people. Yet, regions of the world with the highest percentage of population under the age of 19 have the poorest level of mental health resources. Most low and middle income countries have only one child psychiatrist for every 1 to 4 million people. Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. About 23% of all years lost because of disability is caused by mental and substance use disorders. About 800,000 people commit
suicide every year. Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds. There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. 75% of suicides occur in low and middle income countries. Mental disorders and harmful use of alcohol contribute to many suicides around the world. Early identification and effective management are key to ensuring that people receive the care they need. People with mental illness have been asked about their experiences; they report the following: Feeling unheard It often takes a long time to decide you want to reach out and get treatment. When you finally do, it can feel like people are not listening. Imagine finally sharing something you’ve been deeply struggling with to have people not believe you or dismiss your experiences as a “stage” or an “overreaction” or just being “silly”. Imagine asking your doctor about a problem only to have them dismiss and ignore your concerns. Whether it’s family, friends, or medical providers, it is scary and lonely when the people around you do not believe or listen to you. Losing control Experiencing a mental health crisis is hard enough. It can have all sorts of effect on your health, relationships, work, education, and life. When entering into an emergency crisis treatment facility, it is frightening when you are stripped of your rights to make choices about your life, what you want and need, and how you should be treated. Experiencing isolation For people who have chronic mental health problems, living in isolation from society can become an everyday reality. When we lose our ability to connect with others or feel rejected by the people around us, we lose our sense of self and meaning. What’s more, a lack of community-based services often means that people end up out of their homes, away from their communities, and hospitalized, incarcerated, or homeless. For those in hospitals and prisons, isolation rooms still exist. It is alarming to lose major parts of your life and your ability to freely connect with other people. Being restrained. Physical, mechanical, and chemical restraints are still used in hospitals, prisons, and schools. The images you see of people in hospitals tied to beds or isolated in rooms are not fantasy. This still happens to adults and children across the developed world. People who are experiencing crises and need support experience increased traumatization instead. After these experiences it’s understandable why we are less likely to trust services in the future. It is terrifying to be treated as if you are less than human and to be tied up, held down, or forcibly sedated.
The fear of mental illness is very real and appears to be justified. The key is living in a healthy way, taking care to exercise both the mind and body. If unusual symptoms arise, seek professional help immediately and make sure you are accompanied so that you can compare notes afterwards. Almost all mental illnesses can be treated, but treatment is easier at the onset. For more information call Grahame on 96 540 5631 or visit the website www.san-luis-clinic.co.uk