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Addressing Mental Health And The Problem Of Mental Illness

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According to Scientific American Mind, mental illnesses are so common that almost everyone will develop at least one diagnosable mental disorder at some point in their life; most of these people will never receive treatment, and their relationships, job performance and life satisfaction will likely suffer (Reuben and Schaefer, 2017). Mental health is different from the absence of mental illness, and is integral to our overall health. Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual “realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his own community” (World Health Organization, 2007). The stigmatization against mental illness often results in the ostracizing and demonizing of sufferers. One of the biggest obstacles to overcome when seeking help is that society still doesn’t think about it as an equal priority with physical health. Addressing mental health is needed because the stigmatization and discrimination contribute to higher risks of mental illness.
When it comes to mental health there are two types of burdens you can carry. There is the undefined burden, which refers to the economic and social burden on families, communities and countries, and the hidden burden. The hidden burden refers to the encumbrance associated with stigma and violations of human rights and freedoms. Even though it is difficult to quantify, this is a major problem
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