Mental health vs Mental illness.
June 10, 2007 9:51pm CST
Is mental health and mental illness connected? Is it like being physically ill today and after taking medications you become physically healthy tommorow? Stigma is defined as 'the sign of social unacceptability'. Something that has a stigma attached is usually seen as shameful or associated with people who are not 'normal'. Mental illness has a stigma in our society.
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11 Jun 07
There should be no stigma attatched to mental illness in this day and age! Many people suffer from mental illness due to a lack of chemicals in their brain, much as a diabetic lacks the ability to control their insulin - should we then stigmatise a diabetic too? Of course not, it is something that they are unable to control without proper medication! The more that people understand that mental health problems are not something to be ashamed of the more that people can stop trying to hide the way they truly feel for fear of ridicule and humiliation the better it will be for society as a whole! I have and probably always will be susceptible to clinical depression due to a lack of serstonin in my brain, something I can neither predict nor control and I will stand up and tell anyone of this mental health problem as I see no reason to be ashamed of it! One in four people from mental ill health - many try to hide it and this only makes the problem worse! xxx
11 Jun 07
hi, zandi. I think mankind is very fragile in the world. we must care for ourself. and we should balance our physical condition. we must feel bad if we are out of balance. for example, we think it's good for us to live in a moderate temperature. if the temperature above 30C or under 20C, we feel it's not good. huh. so the same to mental issue. I think one feel mental illness if he can't balance his mental status. so i don't have any contempt to these people. i just have sympathy with those. they are so poor. Of course, if the one has recovered from mental illness, i just treat him as the normal others and don't look down upon or discriminate him. lol
24 Jun 07
Mental illness is like any other physciall illness and with proper care and medication a mentally ill person will recover and be normal again. It is only proper that we treat them as normal human being and be accepted into society. It is only their thinking become temporary disturbed otherwise they are harmless.
11 Jun 07
I think that all in life depends on balance. When there is an unbalance in life, people do tend to get sick mentally or physically. To my opinion mental and physical is connected. Try taking overweight people that suffer from depression, and show them how to live a healthy life and positive thinking one. You will see that the moment that they lose weight, and change their negative thinking the depression will become better. Not in all cases but in alote of them. Mental health and physical illness are usually connected.
24 Jun 07
True, mental health and physical illness are usually connected. Just like you can become physically unwell, you can become mentallly or emotionally unwell. But just like you can do things to keep physically well, you can also do things that will help to keep you mentally well. Often the same things will help you keep physically and mentally well, because it is all connected.