-blogged by: @TheBuzzWithB
May is Mental Health Awareness month, so it’s only right we bring awareness to an issue our community does not discuss nearly enough.
Mental health is health too.
If you broke your arm, you would seek care immediately from a trained health care professional. If you had a headache, you would down a couple Advil or Ibuprofen tablets. If you cut yourself, you would clean the wound and bandage it. If you have a physical health issue, you take care of it.
The same protocol should be followed for mental health issues as well.
There is a huge stigma attached to openly admitting having a mental health issue, especially within the black community. We are taught that even though Aunt Norma Jean ain’t never been “all the way right,” there’s nothing really wrong with her since she is physically able. She just needs to pray about those demons up out her. Prayer is the most powerful medicine, in my opinion, but Jesus (and Obama) have also provided us with health insurance to take care of both our physical and mental ailments.
Millions suffer silently from disorders of the mind but are too afraid that they will be labeled as “crazy” to do anything about it. Whether that stigma comes from within yourself or from outside influences or both, this stigma causes many to shy away from taking action to care of this extremely important part of their health. This neglect can become very dangerous resulting in the inability to perform basic, everyday tasks or even self-harm with the worst case scenario being suicide. Although the exact cause of most mental health disorders are unknown, research does show that many are due to a combination of genetics, chemical imbalances in the brain, life experiences, and one’s environment. Much of which are out of human control.
Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, but if those ups or downs begin to interfere with your ability to live a normal life, it may be time to take a look within and assess if there may be a bigger issue going on. Some of the most common disorders include, but are not limited to:
- Major Depression (http://bit.ly/1wf1cil)
- Anxiety (http://bit.ly/1NZ7UVK)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (http://bit.ly/1wQ0QjL)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (http://bit.ly/1ICCG0D)
- Bipolar Disorder (http://bit.ly/1yRMCft)
- Anorexia Nervosa (http://bit.ly/1C8WXak)
- Bulimia Nervosa (http://bit.ly/1vsJl7C)
If you feel that you are suffering from a mental health disorder, please reach out to a trusted physician, therapist, support group, friend, or family member who will support you as you seek the treatment you deserve. If you decide to see a physician or therapist, check with your health care provider to make sure the person you would like to see accepts your particular insurance carrier. Set an appointment with your desired doctor and be honest during your session. If you choose to keep the choice of seeking treatment for yourself that is completely fine (unless instructed otherwise by your doctor or therapist). It is no one’s business but your own and it is for your personal benefit. You deserve to live a life that is happy and fulfilling.