Mental Illness is nothing to be ashamed of…

I am a Concerned Blogger and I am Concerned enough to give you this message…

Concerned Bloggers are back again and this months topic is Mental Illness.  Mental Illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.  Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder.  Mental illness is common, and the milder conditions are very common.  Severe and persistent mental illness is less common.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income.  The exact causes of mental disorders are unknown but a huge increase in research has put us one step closer into knowing the cause.  One fifth of Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder during any given year. Although mental illness sounds scary and at times for some people perceived as something to be ashamed of it’s not.  Mental illness is treatable and definitely nothing to be ashamed of.

I’ve had my own issues with depression which I never thought I would go through.  I was one of those naive people who thought pfft, that can’t or wouldn’t happen to me.  To my surprise it did and I will be honest it was a challenging time.  Some days I would be ok and other days it just seem as if things wouldn’t go right.  It did take me some time to come to the realization that I was depressed.  Despite my feelings, I was in denial and didn’t want to accept it. As time went by and I kept feeling so unhappy and just not myself, I knew I had to face the fact that something is wrong.  But after I accepted what I was going through I was able to slowly but surely come out of my depression.  Although some mental illnesses require medication, in my case that was not needed.  Through support of my family and a lifestyle change, I was able to conquer my depression and finally start to feel like myself again.  So if  you are going through depression or some other type of mental illness, know that you can overcome it.  It won’t be something that will change overnight because let’s be honest my depression developed overtime.  But if I can over come it you can too!!!

To get more information on mental illnesses, check out these helpful websites:

NAMI

Healthy Minds

Web md

This Public Service Announcement was brought to you by the Concerned Bloggers Association. If you would like to become involved, please contact Marleen Vaughan for more information.

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2 responses to “Mental Illness is nothing to be ashamed of…

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