Thoughtful Thursday – Severe Mental Health Issues

flowers_by_habbrock.jpgWe’ve been talking about mental health issues and have discussed several of the more common problems. There are of course those who suffer from schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder and other severe types of mental health issues, but this is not the forum for those to be discussed. They are for discussion with your medical and/or mental health professional.

One thing that is important is that if you suspect someone or even yourself may have a mental health issue, encourage them or yourself to get help. You would get help if you had diabetes or were having a heart attack, so do the same with a mental health issue. It’s an illness just like any other illness. It has been stigmatized so badly that people are afraid to ask for help or to even admit that they have an issue. Don’t let things build up until you or someone you love is in crisis. Get help while things are still manageable, it can make a world of difference in a lot of lives, including your own. In addition, if you know someone that is in an abusive situation, do your best to get them out of it. Their low self-esteem brought on by their partner is going to make it very hard because they will think it is their fault and they “deserve” it. We all know better, so do them a favor and try to help them the best you can. Remember, abuse can be mental and emotional, as well as physical, and sometimes the damage is far worse than a beating. They too will need mental health help to recover. If you would like information about support groups check out NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, https://www.nami.org).

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