What You Should Know About Mental Illness

mental illnessMental illness exists in our world.  Many people may be reluctant to admit that they have one for fear of being part of a social stigma.  Others may not know they have one because they haven’t been properly diagnosed.  It is difficult to diagnose mental illnesses because there are no blood tests you can take to prove that a mental illness exists within your body. As a result, people have to lean on psychiatrists to diagnose them based on the patients’ responses to a list of possible symptoms.

I was reading something on bipolar disorder the other day, and although there may be a stigma about the illness, I was happy to read that people with this condition can still lead happy, “normal” lives.  And many people we know may have bipolar disorder and because they are so high-functioning in society after treatment, we may never know what they have to deal with. If you think about it, a mental illness should fall into the same category as someone with a physical disease like Diabetes.  People don’t generally look down on people who have Diabetes. They are both conditions that negatively affect the body in some way.  

If you have a mental illness or know anyone who does, then you may know the benefits of getting help for whatever ails you.  Therapy can be extraordinarily effective in helping people to think clearly.  Having a good support system is wonderful as well because people have someone to look after them if they notice something is awry when it comes to how they are behaving.  

Exercise and proper nutrition have been known to help mental illness in some way.  So an elliptical session can be very effective, as can eating your greens.

Another condition I read about was schizophrenia.  According to mentalhealthamerica.net, contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia is not a split personality disorder.  Most people with the illness are not violent, they just sometimes have trouble distinguishing what’s real from that of imagination  There are countless ways to help this disorder as well, some which include support groups, psychology, housing and employment programs.

I think that instead of mental illness being a stigma, we should all try to understand these conditions and treat others with respect because you never know who is suffering.  I think we should award those courageous people who are seeking help for their conditions.


Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice. 

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