Inside Mental Illness
In truth It’s not fully certain if we all really understand what mental illness is. Yes there are already discoveries of potential causes such as chemical imbalances, psychological trauma and it gets more complex diving into more detail. If we were smart enough to know what mental illness is and what causes it then we would be humble enough to know its not simple. The reason for this is that understanding mental illness cannot be justified by considering only a narrow aspect such as chemical imbalances for example.
Antidepressants have been one of the major investments by the pharmacological industry to alleviate moderate to severe depression (clinical). Indeed, there are apparent results of elevated moods and becoming more emotionally stable but there is something that most don’t know. Ironically the side-effects of antidepressants is depression itself.
People who invest so much in antidepressants see them as the only source of their emotional stability in barely surviving the world and when it runs out, so does their emotional well-being.
The truth is, mental illness is simply not simple. Mental illness is not about the psychological, physiological, or any other one cause. It is everything. This includes their friends, families, trauma, school, career profession, or any relationships that all play a role in determining their overall well-being, including mental. (there is an interesting study also about the effects of nutrition on mental health)
Classifying mental illness
There are cases of moderate mental illness such as depression and anxiety. These are what is classified to be the easily treatable situations, especially the antidepressant industry. Then there are the severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder etc. These are the major cases where clinical diagnoses occur and seek treatment.
This is only taking a general look at what mental illness encompasses. Reference to the previous point these cases whether moderate or severe cannot fully be understood at face value by what they are diagnosed on paper. The diagnosis only shows the major cause of their mental illness but rarely does it tell of the cause.
The idea of this cause for mental illness occurs many times as the most complex question. What is to learn here is that what is classified for one person to be mentally ill is not the same as another person having another cause and still be classified as mentally ill. By now, you should understand the complexity of mental illness.
In the severe cases, biology plays a large role in the cause of their mental sickness. For example, In Alzheimer’s disease neuronal cells die due to oxidation stress and thus deforming the biology of the brain and thus the overall psychology of the patient. Fascinating bridge here to identify how matter affects non matter.
Dealing with moderate mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety
In the case of the severe mental illness it is one area of this topic where it receives the most attention and most action towards tackling against. Now we are stepping into the shy area of the topic. There is a population out there that want attention but either are too shy to ask help or peer pressure, and taboo have restricted them from it.
It could also seem that since the term mental illness was born it had made them more pressured to go out and admit that they are classified as just that. What was seemed to be only called depression, or anxious can now be dangerously be classified as being mentally ill.
There is a line of sensitivity that we need to be careful not to overstep. As previously established the complexity of mental illness and its increasing awareness of the public could make people not really understand what mental illness is. We do not want to make people more worried on top of other things they can control.
Dealing with mental illness comes with knowing the critical difference between someone who is just not having a good day to someone who actually needs and is desperate for help so Let’s not jump the gun.
First things first, acceptance and willing to understand the situation is crucial to deal with the mentally ill. As previously mentioned the taboo sign that points to admitting needing help with psychological problems have made it hard for people to open up and want to be vulnerable.
What this forces upon them is the thought that they are alienated as a group that cannot be helped if they cannot adapt to a narrative that “mental illness does’nt exist and they are just ungrateful”. This justifies their false notion of unable to be given help and that is not what we want.
Expect the unexpected
Have you ever heard of an ironic psychologist or a doctor having mental illness? well they exist. These stories were kept private as to not cause a wildfire. Imagine you a first time doctor working in a hospital on call and you have never stepped foot in a hospital as the one that gives help before.
You have no idea what you are supposed to do and having ask other people they no more than you or they come at you tell you should know what to do in the first place. Imagine the weight on your shoulders that you now carry and you know you are going to fail.
There repeats this standard where one should follow a certain rule where they think or know can’t be applied to them yet it was told that the rule is the only way to achieve emotional stability. This is one problem that needs to be addressed in the community again an again about the originality and uniqueness of a given situation especially in tackling mental illness.
in conclusion, understanding with open eyes, ears, mind, and heart is the one of the fundamental basis of understanding mental illness. A strict holistic method to cure mental illness must always be evaluated and made sure it suits perfectly for the person before executing the help. Everyone is affected by different situations in their own personal life that contributes to their emotional and mental well-being and thus their ability to carry out their day.
Always understand the unexpected aspects that comes with dealing with mental instability and not subject them to a separate group of “sick” people. They are just like you and me on journey in finding their stability, completeness, and happiness whether through spiritual, emotional, or physical needs.