There are numerous mental health disorders; perhaps the biggest problem is that they are “invisible”; you can’t see them until a person shows symptoms, and those can sometimes be difficult to interpret as well.
Just because you can’t see a mental health disorder, it doesn’t mean that it is imaginary. A broken leg is obvious, as is a broken arm, a limp and many other physical disorders which is often why they are taken more seriously.
Mental health disorders include: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), phobias and many more.
Each one of these conditions is a legitimate one and needs to be properly diagnosed, acknowledged and treated; still, many people never report them because they feel embarrassed, ashamed or “weak” by doing so.
Over 19 million people every year are affected just by anxiety disorders, the most common mental health issue, for example. A simple anxiety attack can be caused by anything; anxiety disorders are far more severe, because the persons having them feel zero control and major stress, because they can’t control whatever they are anxious about.
It is important to understand that if left untreated, mental health issues can greatly affect our daily lives, no matter if we are talking about work life, family life or relationships.
Clinical depression isn’t just “having a bad day.” It is a very serious problem that impacts millions of people around the world, affecting their behavior, mood and feelings. There is a sense of hopelessness and sadness; nothing in life seems able to make them happy.
Causes of depression may include: alcoholism, drug abuse, family problems, work issues, losing a loved one or a job, chronic medical problems, a family history and high levels of ongoing stress.
Ignorant people often tell those with depression to “snap out of it”; they think that depression is not a serious issue, because its symptoms aren’t obvious.
Invisible disorders only make those who have them feel more frustrated, because they can’t show the others their broken leg or the amputated arm. Often times, they feel too helpless, ostracized or isolated to even seek help, which only makes matters worse, as the problem gets amplified.
You can’t use X-rays, a CT scan, MRI, blood tests or anything else to help define a mental health issue. The good news is that an experienced psychiatrist can correctly identify the problem through talking it out with the patient.
If you have any form of mental disorder, or even if you are unsure, you need to consult your doctor first, and then arrange for treatment and/or counselling to help you take the needed steps to control your life. Ask for help instead of bottling it all up, and you will be able to get the proper treatment and feel “normal” again. The choice is yours.