For me, someone who suffers from a major anxiety disorder, there is nothing worse than having someone tell me to suck it up and stop freaking out. For people suffering from anxiety, depression, and the other innumerable emotional disorders out there, ‘not freaking out’ or ‘being happier’ or what have you are things that take an immense amount of time, aid, and effort.
Unfortunately, mental health issues have often fallen by the wayside because they aren’t something that you can, for lack of a better word, see. You don’t have your brain in a sling, like, you know, if you had broken your arm. There are no stitches, no coughing, and no runny noses. This, along with the general naiveté of most of the world exemplified above, leads to the stigmas that mental …
… health issues mean you’re crazy, that you shouldn’t get help, and that they’re embarrassing and shouldn’t be talked about.
Both men and women can suffer from mental health issues. Unsurprisingly, though, women’s mental health issues (alright, let’s be honest here, women’s health issues in general) are not paid attention to.
Luckily, though, there seems to be a move to bring more attention to the topic.
As quoted by Express News Services:
Most of the psychiatric disorders in women remain unrecognised and untreated, and the number of mental disorders in women is higher than in men.
The reasons given for this are statistical, and include the fact that “up to 20 per cent of those who are attending primary healthcare in developing countries suffer from some kind of anxiety or depressive disorders,” which women are often afraid to address due to the stigma attached to seeking the help of psychiatric professionals.
It is good to see people acknowledging that the stigma associated with mental health issues is causing a lot of damage to individuals (both female and male) who are suffering from them. And, for all us readers out there, let’s be more (or continue to be!) conscious and receptive to learning about the expansive field that is mental health.