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POSSIBLE WARNING SIGNS
There is not a single cause for suicide, nor is there always a certain warning sign that a person may be suicidal. Depression, stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns beyond the level with which a person can cope can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions. If left untreated, these mental health conditions can increase a person’s chances for suicidal thoughts or actions. However, when treated properly people can manage their mental health concerns and lead happy, fulfilling lives.
Schizophrenia can be a very intense
and scary experience for both the sufferer and their family and friends. The good news is that it can often times be
successfully treated with medication.
The difficult part of treatment is getting the individual who is
suffering to consistently take their medication.
Individuals who suffer from
schizophrenia struggle with accepting their hallucinations (hearing things and
seeing things) are not real. This is
because the hallucinations are just as real to them as hearing or seeing you.
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health problem that affects about 2.3 million Americans, more than one percent of the population. The main reason many people with bipolar disorder are not being treated is because it's hard to diagnose. But even after diagnosis, treatment may be difficult. Some people who are diagnosed stop their treatment because they decide they don’t need it anymore, or because medication side effects are too distressing.
All of this adds up to many people with bipolar disorder who are not getting the treatment they need—and who risk serious health consequences.
I had recently come across this comic strip that was originally from a
blog called Robot Hugs which eloquently expresses how much of society
sees mental illness and how it is treated in comparison to physical
diseases. Although it is a tad exaggerated, it doesn’t dampen the
gravity of the way some individuals view mental illness. Unfortunately,
progression of contemporary
psychology and psychiatry today, society still views mental illness with
a stigma. Often, individuals who are suffering from depression,
anxiety, and any other mental illness are viewed as weak and unable to
emotionally adapt to the stressors and the harshness of life.
Healthy Minds: Tips for Every College Student
Did You Know?
· Mental health conditions are most common during the ages of 18-24. In fact, twenty-seven percent of young adults experience mental health conditions, of which anxiety disorders and depression are the two most common disorders.
· Mental illnesses – if left untreated – can derail a young adult’s college career and dismantle many other areas of their life and dreams. With treatment, nearly all people who experience a mental health condition can live normal, productive lives.
from Ruby Wax’s, “What’s So Funny About Mental Illness?”
four people suffer from some sort of mental illness, I am one of the one in
four. I think I inherited it from my mother, who, use to crawl around the house
on all fours.She had two sponges in her
hand, and then she had two tied to her knees. My mother was completely
absorbent. And she would crawl around behind me going, "Who brings
footprints into a building?!" So that was kind of a clue that things