April 8, 2019
All over the world thousands of people suffer with mental health problems. Mental health is defined as a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. “Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (46.6 million in 2017). Mental illnesses include many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe” (National Institute of Mental Health). These problems can range from anxiety to major depression and many more. Although many people are not diagnosed with some type of mental health disorder, it does not mean they do not suffer from it. Not only does mental illness affect a person mentally, but it can also affects them physically in their day to day life. Whether the mental health problem is mild or severe it is still a problem we should be concerned about.
The most common mental illness people tend to have is anxiety. Anxiety can be triggered differently for people. Stress is often one of the major problems that leads up to anxiety.. “Although stress in itself is not a mental health issue it’s often the starting point for many” (Taylor, Leon. TED, 04:35). Stress can cause anxiety for anyone and that can be the start of a mental health problem. Individuals can have stress from anything; financial problems, being overwhelmed with too much school assignments, a difficult job and countless other struggles people go through in their personal life. There are many levels of anxiety a person can have. One may feel anxious from time to time but that does not necessarily mean you have a mental health problem. Anxiety becomes a problem when it affects your daily life and occupations.
Depression is another mental health problem that can be more severe. Depression is one of those problems that can seriously really affect your life. Unlike anxiety, depression can affect you in long periods of time. When someone is going through depression they constantly feel sad and have no interest in anything. This starts to be a problem when you stop going to work or even just stop doing your daily routine. Many of those who suffer from this may lose their appetite, sleep most of the day, or have insomnia. Symptoms of depression vary depending on the person. We may not see this in our daily life but the problem is out there and have affected many people’s life.
When we tend to think of anxiety a particular group of people may pop into your head. As for myself, college students come to mind when I think about this mental health problems. College is looked at as “ the best time of young people’s life”, well that is how it is portrayed by the media. You watch movies about students in college and see they are always partying and having a great time, but what happens when they’re not in party mode? 1 in 4 college students are diagnosed with a mental health problem (figure below). That is 25% that are diagnosed, what about the ones who are not diagnosed but are going through these problems? Many times students are overwhelmed with papers, assignments, finals, maintaining grades, and even their personal life. Stress is the first problem that kicks in when dealing with all the work college students have to complete. Having to deal with their mental health can affect their goals.“Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group”(National Alliance on Mental Illness). Every student is different when managing priorities some do not get overwhelmed but most suffer from stress which can then lead to a bigger problem.
Many people who do not suffer from these type of illness do not realize how serious it can be for someone’s health. For the people who do suffer, what can be done? Finding a solution that is 100% effective is difficult but there can be things to help with mental health problems. There are many methods that can be used to help treat mental illness.“The NSDUH defines mental health services as having received inpatient treatment/counseling or outpatient treatment/counseling or having used prescription medication for problems with emotions, nerves, or mental health” (National Institute for Mental Health). The service one need depends on the mental health issue the person. Even though there are many resources to help people many do not use them. Whether it is due to financial reasons or other reasons, those who need treatment do not receive the help they need. Statistics show that only have of the people suffering from mental illness seek the help they need. There are places you can go to get help and also different types of medication used as treatment. Every treatment is different and some may not even be successful. No matter what illness a person has getting help is important. For those who know someone battling with their mental health, being there for that person can always make a change in their life. Asking if they need anything or just encouraging them to get help. We can help those in need if we are willing to try.
Mental health is something everyone should take care of. A person’s well being is one of the most important priorities in life. Many of those who do not seek the treatment they need will not overcome their illness. The first step in overcoming your mental in seeking help.
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