Mental illnesses are some of the most common diseases in the world. There are an estimated 42.5 million people in the US who have some form of a mental illness. There are various forms of mental illnesses that are brought on by various different reasons. Some mental illnesses are caused by past traumatic events, and some are caused by a chemical imbalance in one’s brain. Despite the cause of the mental illness, people usually need professional help to overcome it. Mental health is very important and we need to do more to help those with a mental illness.
Many people who suffer from a mental illness require professional help because they do not have the skills necessary to cope with their mental illness. In Julia Luise Magaardh’s study What Do Patients Think about the Cause of Their Mental Disorder? A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Casual Beliefs of Mental Disorder in Inpatients in Psychosomatic Rehabilitation, the correlation between a person’s beliefs about their mental illness and their likeliness to recover. The study assess there correlation between a patient’s beliefs about their disease and how likely they are to recover. The study shows that people who get help and have a positive outlook on their mental illness are more likely to recover. The study proves that those who get help will find their results more successful.
Mental illness is also surrounded by a stigma. This stigma is created by those who don’t believe in mental illnesses. Many people think that mental illness is “an excuse” or “a personal issue” , when many times it is a chemical imbalance. The stigma causes people suffering from a mental illness to keep it a secret in fear that people will label them as “crazy” or “insane.” In Jonathan Cohn’s The Long and Winding Road of Mental Illness Stigma, the stigma around mental health is discussed in relation to insurance coverage. Many insurance companies do not cover the services required for a mental illness patient to recover. Without these services, many patients do not get the help they need.
In Ethan Watters’ The Americanization of Mental Illness, Watters discusses the reason many people are hesitant to believe mental illnesses are real. This piece discusses how mental illness used to be broken up by location in historic times. Men in Asia suffered from amok, which is a disease where people experience “murderous rage followed by amnesia.” Similar symptoms were not found anywhere else in the world. In late 1900’s, when mental illness began gaining popularity, many people from all over the world admitted to suffering from depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. This was the first time that people from all over the world admitted to suffering from the same “madness.” These studies have caused people to believe that mental illness is more people adapting symptoms than actually suffering from the symptoms. It is that action that causes people to doubt the realness of mental illnesses.
Mental illness currently affects 18.2 percent of the adult population in the US. That is nearly one in five people. Every year, the number of people suffering from a mental illness grows. Despite the extensive medical proof that mental illnesses due exist, many people, including doctors, do not believe in mental illnesses. Due to this stigma surrounding mental health, many people do not get the help they need, and often end up hospitalized, or suicidal.