Mental Health

Understanding Mental Health

Mental health

Mental Health

Mental Health should be taken a lot more seriously; because it affects so many people. According to the World Health Organization; Four hundred fifty million people worldwide suffer from some Mental Health condition. In the United States, just under 1 in 5 Adults experience Mental Illness in the course of a year, with 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 are thought to 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.

 Two Thousand Twenty experts are worried that the “COVID-19 Pandemic” has triggered even more cases in the United States as Americans struggle with social isolation, fear, and income loss.

People don’t like to identify with Mental Illness, and it’s easy to understand why they don’t want to identify with Mental Illness. To understand Mental Health, we have to understand its history. In medieval times it was received wisdom that malign spirits caused madness in mind; ostensible for Mental Illness was something divine punishment or possession of some kind. The Church would administer exorcism or other treatments.

The Mental Health field has been consistently portrayed as a place where unbalanced and malevolent individuals thrive. Everything we see on television 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 risky, lawlessness, or irregularity individuals. 

One study of prime-time programming in the United States found that half of all Mentally Ill characters are shown killing or hurting others. Mental Illness is pervasive; even Disney gets into the act. Psychologist Andrea Lawson and Gregory Fouts looked at the full length animated feature films produced by Disney from 1937 to 2001. They found that 85% of them contained references to characters with Mental Illness.

While verbal references such as “Loony Bin” and “Nutty as a Fruit Cake” are played for laughs, it is easy to imagine how they build the case in a child’s mind to keep the mentally ill at a distance. 

Most of the Characters referred to as Mentally Illness serve as objects of ridicule, fear, or amusement explain, Lawson and Fouts in their study. There are also instances of forcible restraints and Removal by a “Lunacy Wagon” and worse in The Lion King; we are given hyenas with rolling eyes, high pitched hysterical laughter and the antics of Ed ( the craziest of them all) who at one point mistakenly gnaws on his own legs. This is the cultural backdrop that comes to mind when talking about Mental Illness(Heather Stuart, an Epidemiologist Professor of Public Health Science at Queens University in Kingston Ontario)  points out that “our culture rigs the game often before we have real-world experiences with people with Mental Health issues.” We learn how to think about the Mentally Ill and imagine how we would be treated if we became Mentally Ill ourselves.

One of the most insidious and heartbreaking results of stigma is that it discourages people from getting treatment.

This is the case in Substance Use Disorders; nearly 21 million Americans with drug or Alcohol Disorder, only 1 in 10 see treatment. In this case, the words that fuel stigma go beyond the apparent epithets such as “Junkie, and Drunk.” 

Studies had shown that clinicians believe that individuals deserved treatment and should be subjected to Punitive measures when referred to as “A Substance Abuser” rather than “A Person With A Substance Use Disorder.” No wonder “Abusers” focused on Volition and Intent, and not the “Disease.”

Understanding Your Emotions Lisa Barrett, a Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University. Barrett, Author of the book “How Emotions Are Made,” says that “Contrary To Popular Belief, our emotions don’t exist inside us as pre-programmed response waiting to be expressed, but rather they are constructed anew using experiences from our past.” In other words, while those experiences may be fixed- the things that happened to you happen to you-they can be repurposed throughout life to lead in new and positive directions. 

At times, we know exactly how we feel: we are angered 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 make subtle distinctions among emotions, which enables your brain is exceedingly fluid. It can vary by circumstances for any given individual, and it can vary among individuals. This is a skill that children learn during normal development, but it is also a skill that adults can learn to hone.

Words seed your Concepts.

Concepts drive your PredictionsPredictions regulate your Body Budget (which is how your brain anticipates and fulfills your body’s energy needs).Your Body Budget determines how you FeelThe Mental Health issue can, in time, promote physical ailments.The long term effects on physical health might not emerge until later in life.

 Identifying Mental Health in ourselves and others is vital in living a peaceful, long, healthy life. A study found that people who were better at differentiating their negative feelings were up to 50% less likely to retaliate aggressively, either verbally or physically, when provoked. Studies have also shown that low emotion differentiation is associated with Autism-Spectrum Disorders, eating disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Loneliness can lead to Mental Illness

We live in a modern life people have never had so many ways to connect, yet more and more of us feel disconnected. A recent Ipsos survey of more than 20,000 American Adults found that nearly half always reported or sometimes feeling lonely – a situation, experts worry, that could worsen with social distancing restrictions. 1-4 of them say they rarely or never feel as though they have close friends or family members who truly understand them. Jeppe Henriksen Medical Research with Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, explains that “human beings is made to live in herds or families” When deprived of a normal contact state of mild stress. Loneliness puts people at risk for; Mental and Cognitive Health Disorders. The Brain is our Main Social Organ. Feeling lonely may affect regions of the brain that help regulate emotions or managing stress and anxiety. Timothy Matter has tied loneliness to higher rates of depression, anxiety, and self-harm among young adults. Lonelier young adults are more likely to smoke daily and be less physically active, which could signal problems for health later on if they continue.While loneliness may promote or exacerbate health issues, the opposite causation is also factual.


Mental health

 Having Understanding and Empathy for those that deal with Mental Illness; shows Respect, Knowledge, and is Appreciated in the Community. Mental Illness is all around us; we all spend our lives just an inch from madness.







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