Mental Illness

Mental Illness


Does mental illness run in your family?

For most of us we are familiar with and accustomed to many common physical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer that run in families. We never blink an eye when we hear of someone diagnosed with such illnesses. People with such conditions receive the compassion and empathy they need to help with treatment and coping.

However, as a culture, when someone is diagnosed with a mental illness, that also run in families, the negative stigma associated with the illness, sends that individual into hiding for the shame they feel. It prevents many people suffering with mental health issues from seeking and receiving the help they need because of the embarrassment they feel.

What can we do to eliminate the shame of mental disorders?

  • We must first see the individual and not the illness.

  • We must understand that mental illness is exactly that, an illness.

    We as a society must be more compassionate and less judgmental to those who are unfortunate to have a mental disorder.

    Knowing your family's mental health history can give you insight into the treatment of any mental health concerns that have affected previous generations. It is an illness that can be treated to achieve stability functionality in living. True, it can take years but with the proper care and medication, someone with a mental instabilities can become stable and achieve their goals.

    If you feel you suffer from a mental illness here a few life tips:

  • Find a psychologist/psychiatrist to make a diagnosis of your condition. The sooner the better.

  • If medication is prescribed, stick with it. This is crucial to improved health. Compliance to medication can sometimes be very difficult. But be creative! Find ways to stick to your medication routine.

  • Seek the support of family and loving friends.

  • Locate groups or organizations that can support you. There you can find nonjudgmental people who understands your situation and give you the support you need.

  • Avoid self-medication with drugs or alcohol. This can worsen your condition.

  • Begin an exercise program. This can help to lift your spirits by releasing the happy hormones, endorphins.

  • Get enough sleep at night. Seven hours is ideal. Sufficient sleep is critical to your mental health.

  • Nurture your spiritual life. This can give you the strength to battle your episodes.

  • Volunteer in your community. Find some small way to help others. It's only when you give that you begin to live.

  • Someone trained in mental health issues can assist you in sticking to your goals. Medication only gets you from 0 to 50. Coaching or working with a psychologist can take you from 50 and beyond. I have achieved great results in working with clients with mental illnesses. I know the results that are possible. Don't allow another day to go by hoping that you can be more functional. Remember, Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, had bipolar disorder, which some claim gave him his creative powers. Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of U.S. suffered from severe and debilitating depressions. John Nash, Nobel Prize Winner in mathematics, faced a lifelong battle with schizophrenia. You too can make something great happen in your life.

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