Does it Get Better?



“Oh man, I can’t believe I missed that goal! I’m going to kill myself.”

“I dropped my ring in the pool. I think I’m depressed.”

More and more people are diagnosed with mental health issues like anxiety or depression every day. It’s hard enough for someone to force themselves out of bed while coping with depression, but it can be even harder when many people in society aren’t aware of different mental health care issues.

“I don’t know anyone who suffers from mental illness.”

It’s pretty difficult to declare something like that. According to a survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, one out of every five adults suffers from mental illness. The most common mental illnesses are anxiety and depressive disorders; however 11.5 million adults suffered from serious mental illnesses out of the 45.6 million adults who suffered from mental illness in 2011.

“I’d know if someone close to me had a mental illness.”

Most people don’t go around announcing that they suffer from things depression or anxiety. For many, it’s a difficult thing to come to terms with. Even so, many people are ridiculed for admitting that they suffer from mental illness. When I miss school because my anxiety makes me physically sick, I get confused looks or even eye rolls when I try to explain myself. After a while, I started to wonder of my General Anxiety Disorder diagnoses was a mistake. Maybe I had been sick with a stomach bug for six months.

The truth is that mental health issues aren’t easy to identify to most Americans.

Researchers from a study in “Psychiatric Services”, published in 2007, asked 303 mental health patients why they decided not to see a doctor at first. 66 percent of the patients said that they thought the problem would get better on its own while 71 percent of patients wanted to solve the problem by themselves.

Maybe if all Americans were aware of mental health illness, they would be able to recognize their symptoms faster and receive help right away. Speaking of help…

“Why wouldn’t someone with a mental illness just see a psychiatrist, or a therapist?”

To answer the first part of the question, some people are afraid to see a psychiatrist because they are afraid to be prescribed medication. There aren’t many people aware of how mental illness can change someone’s chemical makeup. Because of this, patients may already have stereotypes of mental health care patients who require medication for their disease.

According to a survey, over a quarter of the 15.7 million Americans who received mental health care were listed as the main payer for these services, which meant that their insurance didn’t cover them. Most of those who did receive outpatient treatment had to pay costs between $100 and $5,000, according to another survey that focused on mental health services between 2005 and 2009.

Some people just can’t afford help.

“Just find someone to talk to. It can’t be that hard.”

It’s harder to find a mental health care professional than it is to find other types of doctors. Over 89.3 Americans live in Mental Health Professional Shortage areas. I still don’t have a steady therapist to speak to after being diagnosed with GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) and depression a year ago. Because there aren’t many people who specialize in Mental Health Care, some people just give up on receiving help altogether.

One of the biggest reasons why people suffer greatly from mental health care is because of the lack of support. It’s harder for people to be taken seriously the names of disease are thrown around like they aren’t serious.

Mental illnesses can affect someone’s chemical makeup. It isn’t something that is made up because people want to get out of school or work. If people are hurting because of something going on inside of them, what can they really do without the help of others?

Mental illnesses aren’t “in someone’s head”. Would you say that to someone with cancer? Some people might call the comparison dramatic, but as of right now, there aren’t any cures for mental illness or cancer.

Perhaps this may be remedied, if more people become aware of these sicknesses and how they affect others.

All it takes is one person to show a bit of understanding.

It’ll get better with help.

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