The Problem Of Mental Illness

1605 WordsMay 12, 20167 Pages
Eight years old was the age when Elyn Saks experienced the first symptoms of an illness that would later threaten to tear apart her entire future. To complicate the situation, she was not dealing with an entirely physical illness. Although she did not know at the time, Saks was suffering from the beginnings of the notorious mental illness called Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is widely known for the way in which it inhibits a person’s sense of reality, causing hallucinations and delusions among those who suffer from it. This disease is often the first idea that comes to mind when anyone says the phrase “mental illness.” The world society still fears and romanticizes the concept of much mental illness, illness that often devastates lives. Media portrayal of the topic has caused many to regard it as a taboo subject, but this issue is one that needs to be addressed. I became interested in the topic of mental illness when I was in the eighth grade, due to struggles that I began to notice within myself. Now, three years later, I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and major depression. There are misconceptions surrounding and engulfing mental disorders and I felt that it was important that I fight not only for my own benefit but for others battling these illnesses as well. The views in modern day of mental illness are varying from accepting to a complete denial of a problem. It hurts those suffering from mental illness when the uneducated public majority beats

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