Mental illness is made out to be a taboo subject. Only the severely sick and odd have mental illnesses. Recent research has found that having a mental illness isn’t so abnormal, in fact, it might be problematic if you don’t experience mental illness of any kind by the age of 38. According to Psych Central, a study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that out of 988 participants 83% reported depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders. 41% suffered a short term experience with a mental disorder by the time they were 48. As for the other percentage of the participants, they reported struggles with mental illness which could last over the course of multiple years. Few others received actual diagnosis including major depression and bipolar disorder.
Long term struggles with mental illness are common, but not consistent. With treatment, therapy, and medication, the symptoms of a mental health disorder can be alleviated and cause a dramatic change in quality of life for someone struggling with one.
The author of the Psych Central article inputs their own opinion, which has an astute point about why mental illness is probably so underreported. “The main reason people do not want to admit they have a problem and never report it is because of the human tendency of people to want to regard themselves as normal.” Mental illness comes with a pervasive social shame and stigma which prevents many people from seeking the professional help they need. “Nobody wants to think they are not normal,” the author explains, “because that would cause an immediate drop in their self-esteem.”
Problematically, many people who do seek treatment only do so because of the way their “problem” is affecting their ability to interact with others or the world around them. It takes time in the therapeutic process for a client to begin to truly focus on themselves on claim ownership to what might be a mental illness or another issue.
Living with a mental illness is not shameful and as the new research points out, is not abnormal. If you are struggling with a mental illness issue and need help, Harmony Place is available. Our dual diagnosis treatment center provides quality compassionate care to clients by creating individualized treatment programs to fit the needs of each client. For a private consultation and more information on our treatment programs, call 1-855-652-9048.