physical illness vs. mental illness

December 11, 2011 3:20pm CST
I think physical damages are more hurting than the mental ones, because physical damages are always in full view. What do you think about this issue?
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@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
11 Dec 11
It depends on what you have. There are plenty of mental damages which are not in full few and nobody knows about.. same with physical damages or illnesses. People are great in pretending, not showing what they are suffering at and hiding.
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@Bluedoll (17069)
• Canada
11 Dec 11
You know already this is not an easy question to answer because how do you compare human suffering fairly? However, for the purpose of discussion something of a visible physical disability must be adopted and usually can not be hidden like mental illness. I would still say mental illness in general is more hurting socially because it is often misunderstood. Though a person in a wheel chair might get tired of being stared at or of someone touching their chair, a person with a mental disability can sometimes cry out from the inside in obscurity.
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@agent807 (719)
• United States
12 Dec 11
Coming from personal experience, mental illnesses are more serious, in my opinion. Mental illnesses can affect a person physically, as well as emotionally, psychologically, and just put them in a state that they cannot function in. A person can look perfectly healthy on the outside, but is suffering from depression inside. Our society always wants us to look our best without addressing internal issues first. Therefore, it is almost natural for us to put up this 'facade' of happiness, and well being, when we are hiding crushing problem beneath. I dealt with eviction, academic problems at school, losing my job and the unemployment system, no income, and multiple lawsuits for months with what it appeared to be no end in sight. Because of this, it took a took a toll on my health as I wasn't eating because I had no money. I lost over 50 pounds, but not in a safe way because I was weak, sick, and always exhausted. People saw the weight loss and thought it was great, but the reality was I was sick, and couldn't go to the doctor. I was taking all of those things head on fighting all of ti, which led more stress, and caused some crazy issues. I couldn't sleep, I was angry, everything seemed to have set me off, I could never rest. This is what I was experiencing during a crazy period because everything happened in a short amount of time,
12 Dec 11
You could be right. How could mental illnesses can effect perspn physically?
@agent807 (719)
• United States
12 Dec 11
Also, and this is what I was told, is that stress can cause the brain to release chemicals the wrong way, which can impact your body negatively by having this imbalance.
@Bluedoll (17069)
• Canada
12 Dec 11
Yes I've heard the same and sorry for the over simplified explanation but someone told me the body naturally produces negative things (like killer bee white blood cells or something) and we put ourselves into an out of balance stressed condition we destroy ourselves. That is a nice thought, not eh? If I get over stressed it is hard physically on keyboards
@bubuth (1816)
• Philippines
12 Dec 11
i think mental illness can make me go crazy..Im afraid to hurt someone without knowing it because of mental illness..hehe but physical illness can my me crazy also because i dont want to stay at home in a whole day because of illness..
@Galena (9123)
12 Dec 11
do you understand mental illness? unfortunately I know more about it than I would want to, and if someone has a physical disability they are still respected. but if they have a mental illness they are treated like they have somethinh wrong with their personality, even though that is not true. a mental illness should not be treated any differently than something like diabetes or athsma. it's just as real. and by not being visible to others is often treated like it's not real or worse still as something wrong with that persons character. rather than a chemical imbalance of the brain. and why should a chemical imbalance be treated by others differently to chemical imbalances of the pancreas.
• Lubbock, Texas
11 Dec 11
I think it really depends on the individual. Some people with mental illness or emotional scarring are looked down on because of their behavior, which can be very anti-social. If you have a physical illness or disability it's more evident and people tend to sympathize with you.
• United States
11 Dec 11
I agree on Physical illness, I think the damages would be worse to me on the person,but to me if you have a mental illness it would hurt the family more
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
11 Dec 11
no not neceassarily, if people can see a problem with someone they feel for that person, have compassion and make compensations for them but with mental problems. people can't see a problem and sometime judge straight away and do not have compassion.