Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Disorders

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The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Disorders
Mental health disorders affect just about every single person in the world. These disorders come in many forms and severities. A couple of these disorders are depression, anxiety, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and many more. In the United States alone 43.8 million, 1 in 5, adults suffer from a form of a mental health disorder. About 21.4%, or 1 in 5 juveniles ages 13-18, suffer from mental health disorders. Of people in our country who are homeless or incarcerated, majority of them suffer from at least one form of a mental health disorder. These disorders can also lead to suicide. Suicide is a terrible act that has risen in prevalence recently. Mental health issues are
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Leading to a vicious cycle that proves almost impossible to break.
In addition, mental health disorders can lead to suicide. Suicide is a horribly tragic act that can be prevented. Suicide is usually caused by severe depression, a feeling of hopelessness. This severe depression can be caused by a tragic life event such as losing a job or divorce. People can also be predisposed to depression. People’s brains who suffer from depression simply cannot produce enough neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which are responsible for making you happy. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. More people die from suicide than hypertension, abnormally high blood pressure, and Parkinson’s disease. The rate in which this is happening is rising yearly. In recent years suicide rates have taken a steep rise in prevalence. Many people struggling with depression feel as though they don’t have real issues compared to other people, or that people will judge them seeking help for feeling sad. People who have been directly affected by suicide will tell you that it is not silly to seek help if you are feeling sad. Suffers sometimes feel so depressed that they cannot get out of bed. It can be debilitating. Uneducated individuals do not understand this, and will tell a sick person to “just get out of bed”, or “we all have issues too, deal with it and get on with life like the rest of us”.
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