Mental Illness And Its Effects

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We all have minds, within them thoughts, emotions, consciousness. But what if the neurons within that mind misfire, or handle chemicals and hormones irregularly? Those two things form the principal building blocks of something that isn’t necessarily glamorous nor forgiving: mental illness. Mental illness is something that I, and millions of others, live with daily. While it can and often does prove to be an obstacle in life, it can also be a valuable learning experience. Because it affects so many people, I believe that mental illness should no longer be something that is swept under a rug. Instead, I think mental illness should be something that is respected and talked about with the tenacity that any physical illness is. Those with …show more content…

Because of my them, I lost most of eighth grade, tenth grade, and a portion of eleventh grade. All this culminated in a substantial loss of class time, resulting in having to seek alternative options to finish my schooling, which led me to James H. Groves Adult High School, where I ultimately graduated from – on time. Mental illness is a pervasive part of the human experience. Even if you’ve never experienced it yourself, you have very likely known someone who has. In my own life, I’ve met very few people who do not have experience with mental illness. A. Sickle and N. Nabors, based out of Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota; as well as J. Seacat of Western New English University in Springfield, Massachusetts stated in their literature review of mental health stigma that the lifetime prevalence of mental illness was 46.6%, or nearly half of Americans (2014, para. 1). In addition, the rates of specific categories of mental illnesses are as follows: anxiety disorders at 28.8%, disruptive behavior disorders at 24.8%, mood disorders at 20.8% and substance use disorders at 14.6%. Major depression, alcohol abuse, specific phobias, and social phobia are estimated to be the most prevalent individual mental disorders (Sickle et al., 2014, para. 1). Furthermore, “A Generation on Edge: A Look at Millennials and Mental Health”, cites a National Alliance on Mental Illness statistic that more than 25% of

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