There is a significant difference between a broken leg and a mental disorder. A broken leg is clearly visible, whereas mental disorders are invisible so, unfortunately, people often pretend that they don’t exist or choose to ignore other people who have them. This is a very sad situation that should never happen.
There are many forms of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), eating disorders, ADHD, self-harming, suicidal ideations, low self-esteem and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD).
These are just some of the known mental disorders. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from these problems feel shame, embarrassment, confusion, fear, self-loathing and other strong feelings because of the powerful stigma attached to many of these issues.
There are many famous celebrities with mental illnesses, and they lead normal lives because they work together with their doctors to achieve such successful results.
Mental illnesses occur when your brain chemistry and functionality gets altered in some way. You may face a traumatic situation such as a car accident or a nasty fall, for example. Perhaps you were bullied at school and so you withdrew into yourself for solace.
These problems can hit anybody, regardless of age, gender or race. Some problems can be inherited; if your family has a history of mental illness, it is a wise idea to have regular checks.
Your doctor is the first person you need to talk to if you notice yourself having any of these problems. The same applies if you see any of your family members having problems.
Unlike the medical fraternity of many years ago, today’s doctors do acknowledge that mental health disorders are very real and can be treated quite successfully in many cases. Admitting you have a mental problem doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be locked up, as was the case a few hundreds of years ago.
There are different forms of treatment your doctor can recommend for you, depending on the exact nature of your problem. In fact, modern medication can successfully treat many of today’s mental health disorders, allowing you to lead a normal life.
If you have a mental health disorder, it is important to fully understand how it can affect your life; then, you can take steps to control it. Apart from medication, doctors may recommend sessions with a psychologist to talk through the problems. Often times this will be more than enough, because you will know that you are not on your own. It is also important to have the full support of your family and friends.
Never feel afraid to admit that you may have a mental illness. Your doctor will help you to the best of his ability and you can certainly still lead your normal life, with a few added precautions in place to help protect against the worst symptoms of your condition.