Mental Health

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Although mental health is gaining wider recognition as people try to lift the taboo of talking about it, many people still tend to shy away from the subject. Yet, mental disorders are real and are present in the lives of more people than some would believe. Mental disorders take a variety of forms, but some of the most common are anxiety, depression, drug addiction, and eating disorders. Several people experience depression and anxiety at some stage, or multiple stages, within their lifetimes, and these conditions can be detrimental when they interfere with daily living practices. It is also important to note that such mental health issues as anxiety, depression, drug addiction, and eating disorders are major concerns with regards to all aspects of well-being. Although research is continuously being conducted and there is a great deal to still learn about mental disorders, we know that they can pose multiple negative effects for those who suffer from them, including causing some to not want to get out of bed and to want to take their own lives. Unfortunately, although people should encourage those who are suffering from mental disorders to seek assistance, many do not choose to engage in conversations regarding mental well-being for such reasons as the negative stigma that society has placed on it. Yet, all people deserve to be treated with understanding, love, compassion, and acceptance. We, as a society, cannot afford to disregard anybody based on our preconceived notions. Rather, we must value each person and treat them with dignity. Since mental disorders have often been associated with tragic events on the forefront of news, many people have a tendency to refer to mental health issues with a negative perception. Some are fearful of and hesitant to associate with those battling revealed disorders, but the truth is we may never know if those who we interact with are struggling with mental disorders as the associated conditions can vary significantly. We must make a conscientious effort to be inclusive of all people, regardless of their obstacles, and we must not place judgment on others but, rather, care for and try to understand the obstacles others are encountering. With regards to mental health, one of the most effective ways to be supportive of those facing struggles is to be educated about the realities of mental disorders. Until society learns to understand mental disorders and treat them with the merit that they deserve, they will likely continue to be stigmatized. This is why it is vital that people talk openly about the conditions that mental disorders truly entail. A growing number of artists are starting to speak about conditions associated with anxiety, depression, drug addiction, and eating disorders. They are joining with organizations to help shed light on these subjects, and some are even writing about their experiences with the conditions through their songs. These actions are powerful because they not only help those who are suffering with mental disorders to realize that they are not alone and to seek help from trusted organizations but also assist in working towards eliminating the negative stigma associated with mental disorders.

Anxiety

One of the key mental health issues which is often misunderstood in society is anxiety. While it is typically marked by a feeling of worry, nervousness, and uneasiness that can affect how people are able to function on a daily basis, anxiety can encompass many different types of disorders including, but not limited to, panic disorders; obsessive compulsive disorders; phobias, including social phobias; post-traumatic stress disorders; and generalized anxiety disorders. While research has attempted to categorize anxiety according to when it occurs, whether it is expected, and the severity of the accompanying symptoms, there are many reasons why identifying anxiety may be more complex than some would believe. For example, anxiety can be caused by a wide array of factors, and what perpetuates the disorder may vary from the factors that caused its onset. Additionally, the symptoms which accompany the disorders may differ based on an individualistic basis. Furthermore, there is no clear way to determine if someone suffers from anxiety. In fact, people who appear confident and composed can experience anxiety. Although more research must be conducted to attain a better understanding of anxiety disorders, the research that has been performed indicates that people who suffer from these conditions tend to experience anxiety more frequently and in greater severity than those who do not possess these disorders. Although it is uncertain whether there could be a long-term solution for anxiety, people may try to alleviate their symptoms through a variety of methods. It is important to note, however, that the approaches tried may have different levels of effectiveness per individual.

Depression

Considering that mental health involves how people perceive their world, themselves, and their roles in society, depression can serve as a significant hindrance to mental well-being. While all people go through ups and downs throughout life’s journey, depression can be viewed as a perpetual gloominess which affects people in their day-to-day living routines. Although it is unclear where depression originates as it can start affecting people at a variety of ages, the conditions associated with depression are plentiful and often similar. Many people who experience depression tend see themselves and the world around them with a negative outlook. They may believe that they are stuck in a rut from which there is no escape, and they may not how to regain control of their lives. They also may be unable to recognize the positive difference that they make in others’ lives and feel reluctant to be involved in any social relationships as they may fear that their negative outlook on life will bring others down. Depression may additionally cause people to feel lethargic, defeated, and unambitious. In fact, people living with depression may not even see the purpose of living, dreaming, engaging in new experiences, and pursuing their goals, and may, instead, desire giving up. While depression may not always be remedied, there is hope for people experiencing depression to persevere as they realize that they are not alone in their struggles.

Drug Addiction

While its symptoms range vastly across the physical, mental, and emotional spectrums of health, drug addiction is considered to be a mental illness as it can hinder people from feeling in control of themselves and their environment due to the effect it has on the central nervous system. When people form addictions to alcohol and other drugs, the brain alterations that can accompany the use can be continuous and long-lasting. Some of the effects associated with drug addiction may include instability, impaired judgment, an inability to effectively cope with stress, and unrealistic expectations. Addiction to drugs may also cause people to experience extreme highs, which may motivate them to keep partaking in their drug use, and extreme lows, which may cause them to believe that they need to continue using the substances in order to feel as if they can cope with everyday life. Drug addiction can be fatal and mandates intervention.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are mental disorders which have often been mislabeled by society as diets or trends. Yet, whereas diets are able to be controlled through making nutritional choices, eating disorders often cause those suffering to feel powerless and hopeless. They are not generally founded on concern over appearance, but, rather, tend to originate from emotional and mental conflict. People suffering from eating disorders do not want to experience a lack of control, but their disorders cause them difficulties in making appropriate decisions in tending to the needs of their bodies, and, as a result, their physical, mental, emotional, and soulful well-being is threatened. There are numerous complications that arise from eating disorders, and these complications often become progressively worse unless treatment is sought. In fact, eating disorders are credited for causing the highest amount of mortality incidents out of all mental disorders. Due to the severe implications of eating disorders, it is imperative that society place an emphasis on both adequately understanding the disorders and treating those who suffer from the disorders.