May 7, 2015
May is #MentalHealthMonth!
If you've been following Edge of Insanity, you know that I am an advocate for mental health issues, especially anxiety. My twin sister suffers from Stage 3 General Anxiety Disorder as well as social anxiety.
Did you know that about 1 in 5 American adults will have a mental health condition in any given year but only 41% of them will receive services? As a general society, not all of us think about our mental health enough and what we do think about, we usually pass it off as something else.
In order for us to become think more of of our mental health, we must first change the way we think about it and be informed on what it means to have a mental illness. Most often that not, people may not realize that their symptoms are being caused by a mental health condition or feel ashamed to pursue help because of the stigma associated with mental illness.
Even though a mental illness may require lots of intensive, long-term treatment and a lot hard work, people can and do recover. A lot of times, they recover enough to continue living their lives normally - or as normally as they can.
If you think you suffer from anxiety (or any other mental illness) but not sure, take MHA's mental illness screenings to get a deeper look. These are NOT a diagnostic treatment. Before diagnosing yourself with a mental illness, be sure to talk to your doctor about your results. These screenings are for adults 18-year-old or over.
Now, I have a question for you:
Do you know someone who suffers from a mental illness? Do you suffer from a mental illness? Have they/you come across any discrimination because of it?