Despite the fact that mental health disorders will affect one in every four people in the UK in any given year, it’s still a topic that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing.
The first thing many people struggle to understand is what exactly is a mental disorder? A mental illness is something that affects how a person thinks and behaves and therefore very frequently makes it difficult for them to live a normal life. Conditions can include anything from anxiety and post traumatic stress to major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.
There are many misconceptions about mental illness including:
* People with mental illnesses can’t work. This is untrue. Chances are that we have all worked with someone experiencing a mental health problem at some point.
* There’s nothing to worry about with young people because they are just going through the normal emotions that puberty brings. 1 in 10 young people experience mental health problems that require more serious attention.
* People with mental illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable. Quite the opposite is true - people with a mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence.
* It’s easy for young people to talk to their friends about their feelings. Actually, three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.
It’s very common for those who suffer to feel like they’re all alone and that nobody else would understand what they’re going through but actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain meaning that there are millions of people suffering from the illness.
It’s understandable that so many people don’t want to discuss their feelings with their parents, siblings, friends or even family GP. It’s important to remember however that seeking help is a vital part of the recovery process and there are plenty of options available.
If you would like to speak to someone about alcohol addiction, eating disorders, depression help, drug addiction or anything related to mental illness, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to help. You can also learn more about mental health problems at The Life Works Knowledge Centre.