The stigma of mental illness still exists today. It's true that
mental disorders have gained much more exposure over the past few
years, but there are still many people who either run from those
who have mental health issues or makes jokes. Because of this,
people who are suffering will often stop or never begin treatment.
If you are someone who has been feeling anxiety, depressed, or
other types of symptoms, it's important to seek help. It's better
to see your healthcare professional then live each day a prisoner
in your own body. When you are experiencing
emotions or thoughts
you cannot control, medication and counseling can help. Without
it, you will live each and everyday feeling hopeless and helpless.
That is no way to live.
The stigma of mental illness still exists but you would be
surprised at the amount of closet mental health sufferers. Since
no one talks about it, people walk around assuming that no one
else is having the same mental issues. That is simply untrue. In
2004, there were 57.7 Millions of Americans suffering with a
mental disorder. These people are not only found on the streets
homeless or in rural areas, they are found in your workplace and
in your neighborhood. These people don't talk about it because of
the fear they will be ridiculed. It's sad, isn't it?
Mental disorders are just like medical disorders in that they
make life difficult and most of the time can be a life sentence.
That is why it is so important to seek out help to alleviate
symptoms. Many mental disorders cannot be cured but the symptoms
can be helped so you can live without struggling each day.
Confidentiality laws protect patients from the stigma of mental
disorders. If you speak to a doctor or see a counselor, they are
bound by law not to give out any information about you or your
treatment. Someone cannot call a psychiatrist, psychologist or
counselor to ask if you are a patient. They will be unable to
confirm or deny whether you receive services. This protects you
from employers finding out private information as well as family
members or friends. The only way anyone can find out anything
about your treatment is if you sign a consent form granting the
medical professional to divulge information. So be rest assured
that just because you need medication doesn't mean that everyone
will know about it. You can be happier in your life and be
confident knowing that no one will find out why.