When a person is physically ill, we try to make things comfortable for them or keep asking them repeatedly on how they’re feeling. This way, we tend to make a positive effort to help them recover from their illness.
But if someone shows symptoms or says they’ve mental health problems, we tend to disregard it partially or even entirely. We do not think it’s important enough, and it’ll just go away, or maybe doesn’t even really exist in the first place. Sometimes, we even refer to it as attention-seeking behavior. This approach instead of aiding the person in recovering or feeling better about themselves has the opposite effect, giving birth to more misery and unhealthy attitudes.
With the advancement of the 21st century, we see this acknowledgment that yes, mental health is an issue, and a person with those issues is just as ill as a person with a physical health issue.
Before we establish why we need to talk about it in the first place, we need to know what is defined as a “Mental Health problem”, and why is it not the same as being mad or insane.
Mental health problems “range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.”
Mental health problems are not the same as being a mental or clinically mad patient because a person who is mentally ill has trouble with his thinking pattern, behavior, productivity and reaction to everyday life. They could be completely normal on the outside yet could’ve trouble gauging in with their mind and thinking patterns. A mad or psychotic patient, on the other hand, has violent bouts of actions that may hurt or harm others, thus not being described as fit to live amongst a normal society for the show of such destructive behavior.
The problem with clearly drawing a distinction here is that most people are not aware of it and assume a huge generalized approach towards a person with a mental health problem. Since this is an issue that requires more awareness, a defined difference is not clearly determined.
We need to talk about Mental Health problems more in order to gain more accepting attitudes of people towards them. This way there’d be less denial and resistance in admitting that these problems actually exist and can affect an individual just like a physical illness.
A massive general awareness will do wonders for those who cannot come out openly and admit that they have got these issues for the fear of lack of acceptance from society. Only this way we can make our way to think and contemplate about healthy solutions in catering to the mental health problems.
The first step is to accept that this exists. For this, we need to learn the importance of this issue and talk about it more often. Most people shrink away from this as they consider it a “taboo” when it isn’t.
Mental health problems are a condition and not a “psychotic” problem of an individual. Learn the difference. Preach the acceptance. And own it if you’ve it. So that you can get help, therapy and treatment to cure something that is not your fault!