Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Truth of Mental Disorders



There is a common misconception surrounding mental disorders in today's society and many a time they are used in the wrong content.

Anxiety

There are many people who suffer from anxiety both openly and in silence. Anxiety is commonly miss diagnosed and often causes people who do have anxiety to suffer in silence. Although the slight feeling of anxiousness in an exam we all get does not diagnose yourself with anxiety. Anxiety is where those feelings of anxiousness affect your daily life. Those things can vary to a specific scenario, compared with a range of situations.  Anxiety is often connected with panic attacks that appear in terms of feeling anxious. Suffering from panic attacks or anxiety does not make you weak and if you suffer from it do not let people pick it out of you. If you feel anxious focus on a happy thing or place that relieves you of your worry.

Depression

I am sure there has been many times where you have said "I'm depressed", wherever the true meaning of depression is far deeper than that of when we are just feeling down. It is more than feeling simply unhappy or fed up for a few days. Depression can sometimes be taken as a trivial where as the truth is a serious condition that can affect the lives of those who have been inhabited by it. Depression effects different people in different ways, however often leaves the person feeling lost without a sense of purpose. However depression isn't a thing that you can get 'get over' by 'pulling yourself together'.

Eating Disorders

Like a lot of mental disorders, eating disorders such as anorexia, binge eating, bulimia or EDNOS, go commonly undiagnosed due to the surrounding stigma of them. Eating disorders can spiral from a range of things, however most times it is not by positive choice, it is something that just happens without full realisation. Eating disorders are on the rise due to the increased pressure on the younger generation by society to look a certain way with only one perfect figure. Where in reality we do not need to look a specific way to be 'beautiful'. That is what people  with eating disorders struggle to comprehend, they often feel stuck. The only way out is balance.

The stigma surrounding mental disorders needs to go and the realisation of the damage they are doing to each generation needs to be reckoned and more needs to be done. Those with mental disorders feel alone and vulnerable, feeling isolated, however too scared to ask got help.

Mental disorders aren't a fashion statement.

Don't allow yourself to suffer in silence.

"Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all" - Bill Clinton


18 comments:

  1. I honestly couldn't agree more with this post Georgia! I am so proud that you posted this because it really does need to be said! Just because mental disorders aren't visible or easily treated, doesn't mean that they can be ignored and pushed aside! We will together unite and break this stigma for the benefit of us and future generations! Well done:)

    Chloe x
    www.chloepaigee.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I love this post, I feel like people should talk more about mental illness in a good way and not make it out to be a bad thing so that people feel ashamed of having a mental disorder. It's not something you can help happening but there are ways of easing it but that can only happen when people feel more comfortable talking about it x

    owlsinthesummer.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Couldn't agree more! Thank you so much lovely.

      Georgia x

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  3. Love this post well done lovely x

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  4. I think the topic of mental health is very important today, this deserves to be talked about it. too many people have these disorders nowadays & there is no shame in it. we all should openly talk about it x
    marinasirmais

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  5. I am struggling with social anxiety and depression and everything you said/wrote down is just so true!
    Thank you so much for this amazing post.
    - Annie xx

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that lovely but thank you so much, I hope it helped a little.

      Georgia x

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  6. Such beautiful advice Georgia, hope this helped somebody.

    Becca x

    beccaemilyx.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. such a lovely post, great advice x

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  8. Mental health plays a big part in some people's lives. I think it should be looked into/taught at schools. I have depression and an eating disorder. as a young girl, I didn't know what either of them were. I would have appreciated knowing what the signs were a lot sooner.

    No one should be ashamed of having a mental illness, you should seek help. Talk openly about it to someone you don't know. It defiantly eases the pain.
    This is really good advice georgia, and I hope it helped atleast one person x
    -Brianna

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    1. Thank you lovely! I couldn't agree more, I too would have longed for more support.

      Georgia x

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  9. This post is bloody brilliant! I actually study psychology as a degree, so we learn about this all the time and how it is misconceived (and all the nitty gritty behind mental illnesses) so it is so so nice and refreshing to see that people are starting to acknowledge and realise how serious it really is. No one should be defined by a mental illness and I think A LOT of people forget this.
    I hope some sufferers/those with a biased opinion read this - people can learn a lot from these things - very inspirational! :) x

    http://thatgirlrhianna.blogspot.co.uk/

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