Understanding Mental Illness
To understand Mental Illness, let’s take a look at its history.
In the past times people believed Mental Illness was a spirit that caused madness in mind. Mental Illness was considered a possession.
Churches would be responsible for exorcism on people who were thought to have a mental illness. Four hundred fifty million people worldwide suffer from some Mental Health condition.
Mental Health is severe; because it affects so many people.
1 in 5 Adults experience Mental Illness in a year; Anxiety Disorder the most common among them. Over 21% of children ages 13 to 18 suffer from a serious Mental Health condition at some point.
20% of state prisoners have a severe Mental Health Disorder, and 70% of kids in the Juvenile Justice System suffer from at least one Mental Health Disorder.
Worldwide more than 2.5 trillion per year is spent on Mental Health Care, which is on track to hit 6 trillion by 2030.
Identifying with Mental Illness
People don’t like to identify with Mental Illness because it’s consistently portrayed as a place where unbalanced and hostile individuals thrive.
Everything on Tv relating to Mental Illness is negative. In movies, when a character is associated with “Mental Illness,” that character is shown in a dramatic or distorted way that emphasizes an irregular individuals.
Half of all Mentally Illness characters on Tv are shown killing or hurting others.
While verbal references such as “Loony Bin” and “Nutty as a Fruit Cake” are for laughs, imagine how a child’s mind is to keep the mentally ill at a distance after watching characters on Tv.
In The Lion King, we are given hyenas with high-pitched hysterical laughter, and the behavior of Ed ( the craziest of them all), who at one point gnaws on his legs.
We learn how to think about the Mentally Ill and imagine how people would treat us if we became Mentally Ill ourselves.
Substance Use Disorder & Mental Illness
Nearly 21 million Americans with drug or Alcohol Disorder, only 1 in 10 see treatment.
Doctors believe that individuals when referred to as “A Substance Abuser” rather than “A Person With A Substance Use Disorder.” should be subjected to Punitive measures No wonder “Abusers” focused on Volition and Intent, and not the “Disease.”
Low emotion is associated with Autism-Spectrum Disorders, Eating disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Our emotions don’t exist inside us as pre-programmed responses, but instead, they constructed anew using experiences from our past.”
In other words, while the things that happened to you can be repurposed throughout life to lead in new and positive directions.
Emotions and Mental Illnesss
At times, we know exactly how we feel: we feel upset by blocked goals, saddened by a loss, or afraid of an impending challenge.”
And that’s good because when we can describe our feelings with precision, it gives us the information we can act on:
The ability to identify your emotions, which enables your brain is very important.
People who are better at differentiating their negative feelings were up to 50% less likely to retaliate aggressively, either verbally or physically, when provoked.
Low emotion is associated with Autism-Spectrum Disorders, eating disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Words seed your Concepts. Concepts drive your Predictions. Predictions regulate your Body Budget.
Your Body Budget determines how you Feel. Mental Health issues in time can promote physical condition.
The long term effects on physical health might not emerge until later in life.
Loneliness puts people at a higher risk for Mental Illness Disorders.
Feeling lonely may affect parts of the brain that regulate emotions or managing stress and anxiety.
More than 20,000 American Adults feel lonely.
1-4 American Adults says they rarely feel like they have close friends/family members who truly understand them.
“Human beings are made to live in herds or families”
When deprived of a typical contact with family and friends it puts our mind in mild stress.
Higher rates of depression, anxiety, and self-harm are among young adults who experience loneliness.
Lonelier young adults are more likely to smoke daily and aren’t physically active, which could signal problems for health later on in life if they continue.
One of the most insidious and heartbreaking results of stigma is that it discourages people from getting treatment.