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MENTAL ILLNESS

MENTAL ILLNESS Mental Illness is a sickness of the mind. It’s the sickness that rarely crosses our minds, yet, it covers a wide range of conditions of the mind and there are no specific preventions for this disease. Mental Illness can be a personal issue, a relationship issue, a family issue, a social issue. It is disturbances of personality, character and behavior. Disturbances that cause personal unhappiness, difficulties in personal and family relations and behavior that breaks the rules of society. Mental Illness is a medical condition. A medical condition that has many types, affecting moods or emotions, thinking and/or behavioral problems functioning in school, work, family and social activities. It can be caused by biochemical imbalance that can be present at birth, by accidental brain damage from injury to the head or hardening of the arteries that harm the brain cells. Mental Illness occurs throughout the world and affects all socioeconomic types. Although millions of people suffer from it, this illness is still stigmatized. Currently, some people are opening up with certain types of this disease, like depression, substance abuse, anxiety; but there are still more people in denial and will not talk about this illness. Why is it still considered a taboo, when mental ill persons are sick people, just like sick people suffering from heart disease or any kinds of physical diseases? Why be open about physical illnesses and not the mental illness? This illness, like the physical illnesses can be inherited or may develop overtime during our life. Just like physical illnesses, mental illness is treatable. Just like physical health, mental health is important. Physical health is the epitome of our physical well-being. Mental health is the foundation of moods or emotions, thinking and behavior. Mental Health plays a significant role in the ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversities. Mental Illness can result in difficulties in functioning, adapting, coping, getting along with others and the ability to live a useful life. Mentally ill people may be confused, unhappy and uncertain about themselves. They may not know about their illness because they blame others for their behaviors. They withdraw into their own make belief world, unaware what goes on around them. We are in the twenty first century and they are still being shunned by their families, by the communities. So they and their families can be in denial living in a lie that nothing is wrong, like being normal when they need help, support and direction. There is nothing to be ashamed about this disease, as it affects millions of people. There is nothing wrong to ask for help for there is no prevention to this illness, it can strike anyone, anytime and is beyond anybody’s control. They should ask for help and support to be able to function, adapt, cope and live successfully and independently, to be able to have well meaning personal and family relationships and to be able to be part of society. There is nothing to be ashamed of and there is nothing to be afraid of to get all the needed care, help and support because mental illness is not anybody’s fault. 5/1/21 Written in 2020 Published in a book in 2020

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Date: 5/27/2021 8:18:00 AM
Very true, mental illness effects so many of us and is something that we shouldn't hide or be ashamed of. I currently am battling a mental illness, and have learned the importance of getting help and support when you need it.
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Marilene Evans
Date: 5/27/2021 8:40:00 AM
Thank you Charlotte. I just want the readers to know that there is help and not to be ashamed of it because it is an illness.
Date: 5/1/2021 4:43:00 PM
WoW! Marilene, I totally agree; mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is so sad that many suffer in silence because they don't want to be ridiculed. Changes has been made on how they are treated, but a lot more needs to be done to give them the support that they need. I am a child of someone who has a mental illness; I know first how it can affect the one suffering and the whole family. Thanks for being an advocate for Mental Illness - Alexis PS, Thanks for the blog on Mental Illness
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Marilene Evans
Date: 5/1/2021 4:53:00 PM
Thank you Alexis, this is really a relationship issue, family issue and social issue.
Date: 5/1/2021 4:04:00 PM
so true. I totally agree with you on all this! Thanks for your blog. Compared to 40 years ago, we actually have come far as a nation in discussing these things, but some people are still living in the dark ages!
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Marilene Evans
Date: 5/1/2021 4:51:00 PM
Thanks, Andrea. I don't know why because there are mental health clinics for free and most health policies cover the treatments.