Mental Health Disorders And Discrimination

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Mental health stigmas give rise to discrimination. Discrimination results in the unfair treatment of people with mental health disorders. It can take on many forms and these include:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Discriminating against disability
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Harassment and Victimization

“People with mental illness know that if they come out of the closet, if they’re seen with a doctor, the public will discriminate against them.” Patrick W. Corrigan, PsyD said in an interview.

Regardless of the form the discrimination takes, the result and impact are the same. They deny people access to services, employment, housing and mental health treatment due to social and cultural stigmas. In some instances, this discrimination takes on the form of harassment, violence, and victimization. As a result, people are often denied their basic human rights.

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Overcoming The Challenges Of Depression

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Understanding Depression

With life, comes challenges and as humans, we all face them in one form or another every day. Life with depression means, those challenges are amplified and basic daily tasks or activities require more effort to achieve. Depression, also commonly referred to as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is one of the most common mental disorders and is the leading cause of disability and poor health worldwide.

As Deborah Serani, PsyD siad, “Depression is a disorder that develops from environmental and biological issues that are unique to each person.”

According to estimates by the World Health Organisation, more than 300 million people worldwide are currently living with depression.

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PTSD: Just Because You Cannot See It, Makes It No Less Real

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One of the biggest challenges that face PTSD  patients is the lack of empathy by communities, family and even friends. What people fail to understand or acknowledge is that not all injuries are physical but show someone that you have a broken bone and they empathize, tell them you have PTSD and they will tell you that you lack will power. One of the most common advice to PTSD patients is to tell them to “get over it and move on”. What most people fail to understand is that PTSD is not about the sufferer not letting go or not moving forward from a traumatic situation, it is that the traumatic event or memory holds onto the sufferer. Simon Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, states that “We need to do a better job educating people about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for PTSD.”

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Dealing With The Mental Disorder Diagnosis

 

Being Diagnosed With a Mental Disorder

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Whether it is you, a loved one or friend being diagnosed with a mental disorder, it can be a scary time, especially if you do not have enough knowledge about the right help and support, It may be impossible for you to achieve your goals and life’s ambitions but it is important to understand that the diagnosis does not mean your life holds no value . It simply means that you need to readjust your lifestyle to accommodate ways in which you can achieve good mental health. It is without a doubt that you will come face to face with many challengesAlthough you need to remember that mental illnesses are manageable with time, the readjustments will not be more than a part of your everyday routine that it won’t seem out of the ordinary.

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You Are Not Alone – Introduction To World Mental Health

 

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Being diagnosed with a mental illness or experiencing poor mental health is not as uncommon as you would imagine. Annually, every 10th of October, Mental Health Day is recognized with the overall objective of raising awareness on mental health issues around the world. According to a report issued by the World Health Organization, “One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.” Based on these statistics, it is safe to say that if you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or are experiencing symptoms related to any such disorder, you are not alone.

Mental health issues need immediate attention as it predisposes one to further problems such as all sorts of addiction, among others, and one will end up having more issues to deal with – needing help with addiction and the primary mental health issue, to begin with.
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Mental Health: Acceptance Begins With Understanding

 

Some people can have good physical health their entire lives, while others could be plagued with chronic illness. Those with chronic illness would make changes in order to accommodate the diagnosis but continue to live a happy life. However, they could still have episodes where their disease brings with it challenges. Mental illness is no different. Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not mean that your life holds no value, or that you will not live a good, happy life like the next person, it simply means that you need to adjust your lifestyle to accommodate your illness. The first step to dealing and taking charge of mental illness starts with maintaining good mental health.

 

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What’s The Difference?

There is a difference between mental health and mental illness, although, despite the differences, there are also intricate ways in which the two interact. “Mental health includes multiple aspects of our wellbeing; it affects our thinking, our behavior and how we feel.” according to Dina Alkhoury, PsyD. Continue reading “Mental Health: Acceptance Begins With Understanding” »

Anxiety In Teens and Young Adults

“Anxiety is a reaction to a situation we perceive as stressful or dangerous.” says licensed clinical psychologist  Monique Reynolds, Ph.D

Teens and young adults face anxiety more so than ever before. There are now millions of young people dealing with some sort of anxiety on a day-to-day basis and for many of them, they struggle to cope. You cannot blame people as to why they feel very anxious about daily life as the pressures are growing. For some, they deal with their anxieties by locking themselves away in a house all day long and pretending to be lazy and ‘a normal teen or young adult’ but, in truth, that’s not always the reason behind it. Why is there such a surge in anxiety in young people today?

Life As We Know It

Why are so many teens and young adults plagued with anxiety problems? In all honesty, it’s down to modern life. Life is never easy but there are so many pressures on teenagers and indeed young adults. Modern life brings about lots of new challenges and for the most part, they’re hard to cope with. There are pressures on young girls to look good and if a young woman tries her best to become a size zero with the perfect look but she isn’t happy with the results, it can lead to anxiety. Young men are also becoming more perfectionist-like with lots of pressure on them to become almost male models with perfect looks. Those are only two very small examples but there are lots more and it’s really all contributing to anxiety in teens and young adults.

“These days it seems like worry and overwhelm are just normal. You’ve just gotten so accustomed to juggling it all – but inside you’re afraid you’re about to drop everything.” says Elizabeth Cush, LCPC.

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