Everyone feels sad occasionally about different things. But when we talk about mental illnesses like depression, we’re talking about something that’s much more than just being sad. But how should we deal with that?
First of all I was asking myself how mental health is defined. On the webpage reachout I found that generally speaking, ‘mental health’ refers to our state of mind and our ability to cope with the everyday events that happen around us. Someone with ‘good’ mental health usually feels capable of dealing with the normal, everyday situations that we all experience.
Now I’m asking myself what is the definition of normal? Go to school, get a job, get married. Always smiling? Being friendly in every situation? Sleep when you should sleep and be happy when you should be happy?
I was diagnosed with depression, PTSD, anxiety and a lot of other diagnoses several doctors came up with. I see a lot of things differently to other people and also feel things differently. Does that make me not normal or even insane? Am I crazy?
Is seems normal to be judged by society, but is society always right? Mario Lomuscio says that we are so focused on the superficial it makes us stressed out, neurotic, insecure and emotional. We spend our time buying things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. Actually a great point, I think. He also mentions the world is coming at us at every second from every direction and we wonder why we are overwhelmed and anxious. We now have every flood, earthquake, murder, school shooting, terrorist attack, and plague sending us instant notifications every hour of the day. The human brain isn’t designed to take in so much negativity all the time and all at once.
I often feel treated by society as if I should just think and do what others expect me to do, as if I am an annoying reminder that their reality might not be as perfect as they wish it to be.
Everyone that suffers from a mental ‘disorder’ probably heard a lot of good advice like take regular exercise, relax more or do something you enjoy. For me this advice are as useful as a fart in a spacecraft.
What I really need is to be accepted for who I am and what I feel. That I don’t need to hide for some vague, general idea that society defines as normal or appropriate.
Around 450 million people currently suffer from such mental or neurological disorders. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders, says the World Health Organization (WHO).