What is Mental Health?
A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Research is starting to uncover the complicated causes of these diseases which can include genetics, brain chemistry, brain structure, experiencing trauma and/or having another medical condition, like heart disease.
What does Mental Illness do to your brain?
Most scientists believe that mental illnesses result from problems with the communication between neurons in the brain (neurotransmission). For example, the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin is lower in individuals who have depression. This finding led to the development of certain medications for the illness.
I am still not understanding why mental health isn’t understood by all. It affects your BRAIN people. The motherboard of your body. People are made fun of, belittled and just thrown to the side when there is actually something serious going on. Everyone needs to get on board with Mental Health Awareness and have more compassion and understanding.
Here is an AWESOME human being. Her name is Lucy Bassett and she is the owner of Hello Stigma. You can also find her on Etsy where she sells “all things mental health, positivity and pick-me-up- gifts”. She’s also on Instagram as well.
A bit of what she sells in support of Mental Health
Stories of those who suffer from a mental illness
Mental Illnesses can affect every part of your life. It can change your personality, your habits and your state of mind. It is a REAL thing. I really wish we were making it up, but that’s not the case.
What you can do to support Mental Health
Ask. Ask your friends and family who suffer from a mental illness how they are doing and if you can help in anyways.
Listen. Really listen to those who suffer. Don’t belittle or toss them to the side. They need the support but sometimes don’t know how to ask for it.
Educate yourself. Research the different types of mental health illnesses so you can get a better understanding of what your loved ones are going through.
Tell your story. Have you personally struggled or currently struggle with mental illness? Don’t hesitate to tell friends and family about it. Your story can encourage others to ask for help.
Stand up for someone. Watch out for bullying and stand up for that person, as this can lead issues such as depression.
Memorize suicide hotline. 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You never know when someone might need it.
I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Depression. For me, anxiety and depression is the most awful combination ever. Because of my depression, I lack motivation/desire to do anything. I have frequent mood changes. Having anxiety makes my depression a million times worse. I have no motivation to do anything, like clean my house but then my anxiety goes nuts because my house is so disorganized. One of my other struggles with anxiety is not being able to shut my mind off at night and over thinking everything. I’m also pretty negative about everything and don’t know that I am being that way.
I’ve coped with these by going to a psychiatrist and therapist as well as talking to others who suffer from what I do. The best way I’ve found to cope is by blogging about it.
I wish everyone would understand that My mental Illnesses aren’t my choice. They aren’t something I am making up. I’m not doing anything to get attention. I also want people to understand that my depression and anxiety keeps me from really enjoying life the way I really want to- it keeps me from going out and seeing friends, or even just being social.
The advice I can give would be to seek help. Call a friend or family member or even go to therapy like I am. Don’t me ashamed to ask for help. Everyone needs help in their life at some point. One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give is to cut the negativity out of your life. Whether that be people, jobs or situations. You don’t need anything else giving you anxiety.
Make a difference and support Mental Health because
Mental Health Matters.