Issues Surrounding Mental Illness In The United States

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“One in five young people in the United States suffer from a mental illness, that’s twenty percent of our population.” Mental illnesses are disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. The problem of mental illnesses among teenagers needs awareness because so many young people are affected by emotional disorders. If we allow ourselves to remain ignorant about this topic, we are hurting the youths in our community and creating stigmas; we are causing irreparable damage to the ones we are supposed to be looking after. Stigmas surrounding mental illness should neither be accepted nor prevail as they make life harder for the mentally ill. The points at issue of mental illness stigmatization contain unique dimensions: it takes away people’s…show more content…
For example, three in four young people fear their friend’s reactions when they talk about their mental health problems and so it is easy to understand why the majority (about one half) of teenagers don’t reach out and receive treatment. The sole fear of carrying discrimination and stigma as their shadow will and has made mentally ill youths stop doing things they like and isolate themselves from society. In order to cope with or recover from emotional disorders, people must reach out for professional help; or else these illnesses will intervene more and more with everyday life. However, teens are at a fragile stage of their life. This, as well as stigmatization, is likely to make a teen hold their tongue and never get the help they require. Furthermore, a person’s adolescent years tend to define the traits they will carry into their adulthood. When teenagers resort to silencing their condition and separating themselves from the rest of the world because of stigma, they are making a mold that will become difficult to break when they transition into adulthood. The tragic truth is that this “mold”, shaped by withdrawal, hopefulness, and other unhealthy ways of going about life, are symptoms of…show more content…
For example, how are new English language learners set up for success during regents? They are accommodated with Spanish to English dictionaries. Similarly, telling a mentally ill person they lack commitment because they might have to step out from work and address their condition at times is a violation of their rights. This matters, because if we do not give these people the necessary accommodations, they are not receiving the rights they deserve. Other ways we can put an end to lack of awareness around mental illnesses are by refraining from using derogatory language (example: calling someone a psycho), supporting the ill, educating others, and knowing the facts. You are likely to unknowingly associate with someone who has a mental illness, and through these steps, you would be making their lives fair and easier. In conclusion, stigmatization of mental illness is a serious issue, but it will be solved through awareness. We should care about this problem as a society because it affects a lot of people and is an ongoing problem. Also, giving this problem our attention works to ensure the mentally ill have an equal chance to take part in society. If we don’t draw our eyes to the stigma around emotional disorders, we are deeming it okay to discriminate against others. For these reasons, youths should not have to deal with marks of disgrace around their mental health
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