Living with a mental health illness can be incredibly hard. It affects many areas of life and can have a severe impact on emotional and physical wellbeing.
Mental illnesses take several forms. Some are mild and interfere in the person’s daily life in limited ways. However, some mental health issues can be severe enough to significantly impair the person’s ability to partake in social, work, and family activities.
If you are struggling with a mental health problem, you may not want to talk about it. With that said, there is plenty of support available to help you push through the tough times and improve your condition. Following some practical and simple suggestions can help you immensely in your fight.
Overcoming the Stigma
Far too many people with mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, or PTSD are reluctant to ask for help because they consider it a sign of weakness. That is primarily due to the fear of being judged for their condition.
While the stigma associated with mental illness is very real, it should in no way deter you from seeking help for your condition. Mental health problems are just another highly common medical condition that affects about 20% of the global population.
Here are some steps that can help you cope with the stigma of mental illness and set foot on the road to a better future.
It is important not to isolate yourself if you suffer from a mental health problem. Talking to people you trust, like your family and close friends, can give you the compassion, support, and understanding you need in these difficult times.
The sooner you disclose your condition, the sooner you will start to feel better about yourself. Therefore, do not put the conversation off. Having some encouragement can be a huge relief, and you will feel proud of yourself afterward.
If you are sure that you suffer from a mental health issue and have made several failed attempts at dealing with yourself, then the first step is to seek treatment for your condition from a mental health professional. If you are diagnosed, they will lay out an appropriate treatment plan consisting of medications and therapy sessions.
While you may be reluctant to seek treatment, it is the most important aspect of improving your condition. Treatment is vital to identify the problem and bring relief and reduce symptoms interfering with your everyday life.
Join a Support Group
Joining a support group can serve as a powerful way to get out of your big black hole and make you feel less lonely, isolated, or judged. Talking openly about your struggles with like-minded people and listening to similar experiences can give you a feeling of immense relief. Support groups like National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) can serve as an excellent starting point where you can discuss personal experiences and coping strategies and get firsthand information about treatments.
It is important to note that mental health problems are highly treatable. While seeking help is not always easy, having the courage and speaking up about it is the first step to a happier, healthier tomorrow!
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