Starting a conversation about mental illness.
Where do I start? How do I know where I fit into this mess of the mind? Should I talk about it at all?
Mental Illness is a topic that is tough to talk about.
So I did on the podcast
Episode 2 : How Mental Are You?
That is what the podcast is for, to talk about things that are hard to talk about. Since it is Episode 2 and I am still learning, it is a bit choppy and the sections are all over and you can hear the bird in the background. It is real though, right out there. I have an issue with editing because I feel if I keep doing it, when I am done there will be a welcome to the podcast and see you later, that’s it.
Welcome to mental illness, the conversation that has to go past a simple sentence. You have to commit to that conversation.
Mental illnesses may be caused by a reaction to environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these. Mental health problems may be related to excessive stress due to a particular situation or series of events. mental illnesses are often physical as well as emotional and psychological.
These conditions can alter your ability to relate to other people, work, and attend school, and can prevent you from living a normal life. Different types of mental illness offer different experiences, and symptoms may vary from person-to-person, even when they share the same diagnosis.
Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn’t only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for conditions, but dispelling false ideas about mental health conditions as well.
Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else.
The stigma associated with mental illness can be divided into two types: social stigma, which involves the prejudiced attitudes that others have around mental illness; and self-perceived stigma, which involves an internalized stigma that the person with the mental illness suffers from.
A review of studies on the public stigma of mental illness shows that it is still widespread, even as the public has become more aware of the nature of different conditions. While the public may accept the medical or genetic nature of a condition and the need for treatment, many people still have a negative view of those with mental health conditions. Stigma harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence and prevents them from seeking help.