The fear of men­tal ill­ness

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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

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