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Why doesn't anyone talk about Mental Illness?

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I personally think that people just don't understand it, either by choice or by ignorance, as it is something very different from the 'norm' and it scares us.
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It's exactly that. People are afraid of it, and therefore refuse to acknowledge it or understand it, as it is a relatively 'new' thing. It's only relatively recently that research has really gone into mental illness and mental health, and now allows people to be diagnosed. Before that, people were just labelled as eccentric, stressed out, sad, or just bat shit crazy.

It frightens people, because mental illness defies all logic, as you don't necessarily think or act the way in which 'normal' people do. Therefore, they don't understand, as, to them, it just doesn't make sense. So they would rather not talk about it, ignore it, or downscale it into something that they can understand. Such as : 'Oh no, Sarah is just tired. Don't worry." or"You just need to get out more.".

I don't blame these people, especially if they are a member of an older generation. As I said, this is relatively new , so when I say that they don't understand, I genuinely mean that they cannot comprehend it.

However, this affects those with mental illness negatively, as they feel like they can't talk about it, or that something is wrong with them. That they are alone, and that they are the only one feeling the feelings that they feel, and thinking the thoughts that they think. They are the only one's that aren't 'normal', therefore, they are freaks with no one to talk to.

This is so, incredibly heartbreaking, as more often than not, it leads to awful events due to the fact that they could never speak up, therefore they could never understand what exactly was going on in their head, and always felt isolated, which sometimes led to self-hatred.


The most dangerous part about not speaking about this, is that people cannot get the help that they need.

People need to be more educated, understanding, and interested in the world of mental illness. That is the only way.
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People can't stop talking about it. Everyone these days has some kind of disorder. Half the damn planet is on some kind of drug to solve their mental label. There are very few true mental illnesses backed up by physiological evidence. Most of them are vague generalizations in the psychiatric 'bible' called the DSM 5.
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People can't stop talking about it. Everyone these days has some kind of disorder. Half the damn planet is on some kind of drug to solve their mental label. There are very few true mental illnesses backed up by physiological evidence. Most of them are vague generalizations in the psychiatric 'bible' called the DSM 5.
Unfortunately, this is a factor, and it is aggravating to say the least, as these people are a contribution as to why mental illness is not taken seriously.

When I say"mental illness" , I am referring to an accurate and certain diagnosis made by a professional. I am talking about those true mental illnesses backed up by psychological evidence. I am talking about when the chemicals in your brain vastly differ from your average person, so much so, that it is even visually obvious in brain scans and MRI's.

Those whom claim to have a mental illness without a professional diagnosis, are a serious problem in influencing how society views mental illness. They are also, just simply annoying and frustrating creatures whom need to be silenced on the matter.
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Parents, and underqualified psychiatrist's (whom genuinely need to get their licences to practice removed), are far to quick to put their hyperactive kid, or mopey teenager on medication. This is another way of just not dealing with anything and putting people, who don't necessarily need it, on pills, instead of finding out what is going on and whether it is an actual, professional diagnosis or not.

It's easier to just give them medication and tell yourself that 'it will get better', then you don't actually need to confront anything, or take responsibility as a parent.
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I would agree that there does seem to be a trend with diagnosing children very quickly, which I think both over-protective parents as well as money hungry physicians are to blame.

but in a more holistic sense, mental illness is very stigmatised. you're either faking it to get attention, a freak or are generally believed to be incompetent. Just given the few comments on this gathering, I think mental illness, albeit not to the same degree, receives now more prejudice than probably ever before. This, sadly, can only be due to ignorance and it is the ignoramus, unfortunately, who are the loudest with their unfounded opinions.
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Parents, and underqualified psychiatrist's (whom genuinely need to get their licences to practice removed), are far to quick to put their hyperactive kid, or mopey teenager on medication. This is another way of just not dealing with anything and putting people, who don't necessarily need it, on pills, instead of finding out what is going on and whether it is an actual, professional diagnosis or not.

It's easier to just give them medication and tell yourself that 'it will get better', then you don't actually need to confront anything, or take responsibility as a parent.
Prescribing medication for mental illness is done with an agenda to just make a profit and gain personal profit. Why else would parents and doctors be so quick to just hand them out to anyone and everyone who walks in on a bad day and is sad or stressed out. It's not about caring for your patients, it's just a money making scheme. There are so many other forms of treatment that can really work.
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Prescribing medication for mental illness is done with an agenda to just make a profit and gain personal profit. Why else would parents and doctors be so quick to just hand them out to anyone and everyone who walks in on a bad day and is sad or stressed out. It's not about caring for your patients, it's just a money making scheme. There are so many other forms of treatment that can really work.
I agree, there are some doctors who really do just hand out pills without knowing, or caring about what they are doing or the mental state of their patient. These people need to be eradicated. Yet for serious mental illness, you do need serious medication.

There is no way around it.

As unfortunate as it is, for the time being, until more research can be done and more solutions found, the medication professionally, and accurately prescribed to those with mental disorders, is a necessity if one want's to maintain and control it.

It's truly is awful, and I for one, believe that this realm of medication is toxic. It plays around with the chemicals in your brain with, more often than not, terrible side effects that one simply has to get used to.

However, it saddens me to say, that it is vital to take these capsules of poison over some 'natural' or alternative form of treatment.

This, of course, is only if you have been professionally diagnosed with psychological evidence. For the rest of you, yes, exercise and flower water will do you just fine.
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People can't stop talking about it. Everyone these days has some kind of disorder. Half the damn planet is on some kind of drug to solve their mental label. There are very few true mental illnesses backed up by physiological evidence. Most of them are vague generalizations in the psychiatric 'bible' called the DSM 5.
I must admit, I am quite tired of hearing everyone bragging about how 'depressed' they are and comparing medication to prove who is 'worse off' than the other, when there are those who do genuinely suffer from mental illness and do not feel like they can speak up or get the help that they need.
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I am just tired of people playing victim and using it as an excuse all the time. Yes, even if you are properly diagnosed, I understand that their is a huge problem, and I can't even imagine what you go through on a daily basis. That still does not mean that you can use it as your get out of jail free card every time.
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A standout amongst the most well-known purposes behind not looking for help is dread and disgrace. Individuals perceive the negative shame and segregation connected with having an emotional sickness and would prefer not to be named"rationally sick" or insane. They may likewise have worries about how such a name could adversely affect their vocation, training, or other life objectives.
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A standout amongst the most well-known purposes behind not looking for help is dread and disgrace. Individuals perceive the negative shame and segregation connected with having an emotional sickness and would prefer not to be named"rationally sick" or insane. They may likewise have worries about how such a name could adversely affect their vocation, training, or other life objectives.
Exactly. People don't want to be judged or ostracized, even though it is not their fault, and they need to, as difficult as it is, realise and understand that they are not to blame. Nobody want's to be the freak or loon among their peers, colleges, or family members, and are afraid that wearing such a label will affect them in these areas, as well as social image, and vocation opportunities.
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I think that one of the biggest factors is denial, especially when first being diagnosed. It's a lot to swallow and accept, that something this big is now something that you need to deal with, and for some, it will be for the rest of their lives. People don't want to talk about it as that will make it real, and it's difficult to take in and process the gravity of it.
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