Wrong Thoughts: The Tragedy Of Mental Illness

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Wrong Thoughts: The Tragedy of Mental Illness
The mind bears many titles. It is the brain, the thought provoker, the roadmap, and exclusively the source of all wit and intellect. Just as the famous saying goes: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Having agency and personality are some of the most distinguishing attributes that characterizes a human being. Despite this fact, the maxim aforementioned as well identifies a well-rooted calamity that is not only plaguing the U.S. but the entire globe. It is a silent stalker; a virulent enemy that has no mercy. Untreated mental illness consequently goes unrecognized and ignored until it is too late. The tragedy of mental illness spurs on both the moral struggle that every life matters and how unknowingly
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(What is Mental Health?) Each disorder can be clustered in the areas they have impacted which includes anxiety, mood, food, one’s perception of reality, personality, childhood, or memory and function. (What are Mental Illnesses?) Unlike what a majority of people would assume, most mental disorders arise when complications that occur in the cerebral cortex of the brain not based on the consent of the afflicted. When synapsis, communication of one brain cell to another, happens, transmitter molecules are released to receptors causing a reaction. This sensitive system goes awry when there is a mishap leading to malfunction of the person’s ability to operate and rationalize. (The Brain’s Inner Workings Part 1: Structure and …show more content…
Mental illness is epidemic. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. during any given year has dealt with some form of mental illness. This then means 43.8 million people have a mental disorder. Astoundingly, the prevalence in youth is even higher. 1 in 5 teens, between the ages of 13 and 18, have experienced a serious mental disorder some time during their lives. (Mental Health by the Numbers) These growing numbers have ultimately resulted in an increase of problems that not only can impact others and relationships but also the self-worth and doings of the

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