Argumentative Essay On Mental Disorders

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As a nation, we face a crisis. We cannot see it, we cannot hear it, we can not touch it, taste it, or smell it. It is all in our heads, and frankly, it is mental. There are an increasing number of mental disorders that are affecting the lives of all those involved, and yet, no one seems to acknowledge the seriousness and depravity of the situation. The taboo of mental disorders precedes the treatment and acknowledgement of them, leading to many ignoring their symptoms and struggles for the sake of “appearing normal.” In their attempt to be normal, people begin deteriorating as they fight a losing battle against themselves. They are forced to pretend that they do not need help or support as admitting they have an issue would inevitably lead …show more content…
There is a strong correlation between mental illness, particularly anxiety disorder, and substance abuse. In addition to a psychological issue, they are adding long-lasting physical and social problems that result from the abuse of their bodies to try and control their brains. Drinking and drugs lead to a change in social circles, cause rifts between friends and family, and force people to choose substances over their loved ones. Mental disorders cause significant social and physical harm along with mental instability. The use of self-medication rather than approved treatments because of the taboo of mental disorders causes harm to everyone involved, and the chagrin felt of those already dealing with a mental disorder sets them up for failure long term as they hopelessly try and fix themselves. In order to rectify these issues caused by self-treatment, we must acknowledge the real presence of mental disorders and work together to improve the lives of those struggling …show more content…
We must deviate from our current path of judgement over issues that people are helpless to control, and instead we must elevate the medical treatment of mental disorders, abandoning the taboo. If we are to truly provide for the common welfare of all American citizens, as stated in our Constitution, than we must change. With an estimated 40 million Americans suffering with anxiety disorder, according to Mental Health and Illness, 2010, and approximately 26.2% of American adults suffer from some sort of mental disorder long-term. Even if you do not know of someone with a mental disorder, chances are someone you know has one, but chooses to not make their situation public due to the stigma

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