The Importance Of Stigmas For Mental Health

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When you fall off a swing and break your arm where do you go? Most would say that they would go to the doctor or emergency room. However, when you do not feel well mentally where would a person go? The answer most people would give would be that they just deal with being mentally unwell. Going to the doctor does not have the same stigma as going to a therapist though both help people with the problems they face. Although these stigmas cause problems in society the government is trying to help the mental health industry by including it in their yearly budget. However, the government could reevaluate the yearly budget and notice that some of the categories could be lessened in order to increase the budget for mental health.
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Social media depicts mental health as either a made up thing people do to get attention, a serious disorder that people should avoid at all costs, or stating random things that they found online about mental disorders. All of these have some truth to them, but there are also many things that social media got wrong about mental health. Mental illnesses should not be taken lightly, because it affects so many people and it affects them for their whole life instead of a few weeks. Social media needs to take this into consideration when saying things about mental health that could affect how people perceive it. In fact, there was a study done in regards to this in 1999 that could still be applicable today. This study went over how the general population responded and understood mental illness. The study found that the general population usually shuns or avoids thinking or speaking about metal illness. They all learned most of the information that they know from the media. (B G Link) Instead the people who are handing out this information should make sure that they check the facts and the people who are reading the information should do the same. When both parties do this it would be less likely that people will make choices that affects the whole population without understanding what is truly going …show more content…
In most cases it is the last one which causes the mental disorders to show in a person. A mental disorder is when the chemicals or wiring in the brain is not ‘normal’. For instance, if a person has low levels of Serotonin than they are more likely to have problems sleeping, eating, and will be more anxious. (Lesch, Bengel and Heils) All of these are symptoms of Anxiety disorder that many people have in the U.S. This is one of the easiest examples of how mental illness is not all made up in the person’s mind. In reality they are suffering from a chemical imbalance that they have no control over. The simple solution to solving a chemical imbalance would be to give these people a magical pill that will make the Serotonin levels balanced with the body’s needs, but that is not the case. Most people who are suffering from a mental disorder do take medicine to help level out their chemical imbalances until the pills stop working, because they have built up a tolerance to them. When this happens the doctors either need to increase the dosage or find another pill to help them. In the meantime, these people are getting what psychologist like to call cognitive therapy or going over what could happen when the pills start to wear off. There is no quick fix to a mental illness, but a long grueling task of helping them work

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