Mental health prejudice

Mental health is our state of well being, affecting our ability to enjoy life and make the most of it. Previously, mental health prejudice has been very apparent, with those suffering from these types of cognitive and emotional problems being kept away from others in society. But how much has this changed, if at all? Is there still an evident prejudice?

Anyone can suffer from a mental health problem, whether you’ve had the best of worse journey through life, and whether you’ve got supportive people around you or not. These types of problems include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dementia

The effects suffered by mental health problems include: emotional upset, poor memory, feeling unworthy, confusion, and general unhappiness, to name but a few. One in four people suffer from mental health problems in the UK, and many well-known celebrities are included in this figure. Catherine Zeta Jones, Mel Gibson, Emma Thompson, and Elton John are just a few celebrities who have, and are suffering from, various different types of mental health problems, including Bipolar Disorder and Depression.

The treatments available for sufferers include various different types of drugs, as well as counseling. For some people, drugs work better, as psychologically they feel as though something is helping. When drugs are involved, the patient is carefully monitored, in order to ensure an addiction doesn’t start. For those who don’t want to use drugs to get better, the support and counseling option is often a good treatment, as they feel someone is there to listen to them, as well as to help them get back on the right track.

Another good treatment for many health problems is psychotherapy. This is carried out by a professional, such as a Clinical psychologist, and can include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systematic Therapy, or Family Therapy. Each of these can be tailored to a particular individual, as well as particular problems, in order to help the patient in the best way possible.

The stigma attached to those with mental health problems is slowly becoming more and more removed over the years. The stigma occurred as a result of those with these types of problems acting and behaving differently to others, and being locked up or ignored as a result. However, as the world becomes more knowledgeable about the conditions that fall under the bracket of ‘mental health’, there are many more treatment options out there.

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