Topic: Mental Health
Many people think people with a Mental Illness are either not in touch with reality or are a little eccentric. Some people who have Mental Illness do in fact exhibit both or more characteristics. But I just tend to think of people with a Mental Illness as the eccentric people in society.
Often eccentricity is perceived as slightly odd behaviour and is often associated with the rich and it is often seen as funny and the person may indeed find it amusing displaying such behaviour. The fact is, most of the time, Mental Illness is not fun and it can be terifying and you need to be strong to weather the storm even though you may be a timid person! Mental illness can effect anyone no matter of social or economic status.
Now let us talk about a common Mental Illness, Depression. Without listing common symptoms. I want to describe to you what it feels like when you have depression.
Normally the sun is out you feel good but when you have depression the darkest of clouds appears over the horizon. You may wish to lie down outside and bask in the sun - if you have got the energy to do so and when you do you feel like there is nothing else you can do, you are a blob. You may have feelings of wanting to end it all. You may have feelings wanting do self harm such as cutting yourself. When you are in a depression you have tunnel vision all you think about is it and the negative thoughts. Other people outside can not understand why you are behaving so sluggishly and or rudely. They think it is just a matter of putting a smile on your face and you will feel better. But you are finding it difficult to beat back the tears or you are crying uncontrollably and in some cases for no apparent reason. This is depression.
What can you do to help someone with Depression? Tell them that you love and care for them and put them in touch with organisations that can help such as Beyond Blue (Australia).
Most of the time, people with the correct medication can live normal lives. Though if medication does not work there are other alternatives in hospital apart from medication that doctors can try and they usually work.