How Mental Health Affects Society?

How Mental Health Affects Society?

Mental health affects society in a number of ways, from the way we work to our interactions with friends and family. Mental illnesses are more common than what you might expect—in fact, half of all Americans will develop a mental illness at some point in their lives.

Psychological disorders affect people all over the world, but in different ways depending on nationality and culture. For example, Asians are less likely to seek treatment for mental illnesses than their Caucasian counterparts because they may not see it as something that needs treatment (and because it’s sometimes considered shameful). Some communities, encourage open discussion about mental health issues, while others marginalize those who suffer from them.

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How does mental health affect society and the surrounding people?

Depression is a severe mental illness that has an impact on the quality of your life. Depression is caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, environment and lifestyle choices. Treatment for depression can help you to get your life back on track.

Depression is treatable with medication, therapy and lifestyle changes. But people with depression often don’t seek help because they’re embarrassed or confused about what treatment options are available to them.

It’s important that we all understand more about the causes of depression so we can identify it early on in someone close to us, or in ourselves if symptoms develop over time.

Mental health problems are more common than you might believe.

Mental health disorders are more common than you think. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 450 million people worldwide suffer from depression and anxiety, and that one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives.

Mental health disorders are a spectrum of illnesses that can cause someone to feel sad, anxious or depressed for an extended period of time. Depression is characterized by a state of sadness or low mood; it is not the same as grief (which involves feelings about an event). Anxiety is defined by persistent symptoms such as feeling worried, tense or fearful; it is not the same as fear (which is usually prompted by something concrete).

Depression and anxiety might linger for a short-term or long-term period of time, and they can coexist with certain other physical illnesses such as cancer or heart disease, but they might also interfere with your quality of life if left untreated. At some point in their lives, half of all Americans would then suffer from a mental illness.

Half of all Americans will develop a mental illness at some point in their lives.

 

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  • You can have a mental health disorder and still be successful.
  • Mental illnesses are not a personal choice; they are a health condition like any other, and it must be handled as such.
  • Mental illness is not contagious, so don’t be afraid to reach out to someone if they seem troubled by their own thoughts or emotions.

Major depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Major depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Therefore, this can impact the way we communicate with others and how we manage our every day lives. The condition affects about 16 million American adults each year — 6.7 percent of the U.S population ages 18 and older in a given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). These numbers are only from what researchers have gathered, but imagine all of those out there that haven’t been vocal about their mental health problems, those who are struggling to do so, and the ones that are unable to individually form an opinion due to their environment.

Over half of American adults with major depression don’t receive treatment for it.

  • Research suggests that there are many barriers to treatment. One of them is the idea that depression is a normal part of life, so people don’t see it as something they need to address.
  • Another barrier is social stigma: some people may avoid treatment because they’re afraid others will find out about their condition and think less of them for it. This can lead to feelings of shame and embarrassment, which make recovery more difficult—and even prevent people from seeking help in the first place.
  • It may also be hard to get affordable care if you don’t have insurance or don’t want to pay out-of-pocket fees (which can cost anywhere from $200-$500 per session). And while some new medications have fewer side effects than before, there’s still a risk involved when taking medications—so if you’re worried about feeling worse after starting treatment (even though your symptoms should definitely improve), that could be another disincentive for getting help right away.

Without proper treatment, depression can consume a person’s life, making it difficult to maintain relationships and go about daily activities.

Depression can manifest itself in a variety of ways, but there are some common symptoms that you should be aware of. If you recognize these signs in yourself or someone else, it’s important to seek help right away.

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  • Depression can make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, even when you have things to do.
  • Depression can cause social isolation and difficulty maintaining relationships—both romantic and platonic.
  • Instability may lead people to feel alienated from their friends and family members, even if they’re trying their best to maintain those relationships.
  • People suffering from depression may have trouble at work or school because they don’t feel motivated or productive enough during the day-to-day activities required by either place (or both).

Women are 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression, suggesting that female hormones may be an important factor.

Women are 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression, suggesting that female hormones may be an important factor.

It’s possible that the influence of female hormones on women makes them more susceptible to mental illness. There is also some evidence that having a baby increases the risk for postpartum depression in women.

People with depression are at an increased risk of suicide.

Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. In fact, it’s one of the most important risk factors for suicide, along with substance abuse and other mental illnesses. Depression affects about 1 in 6 people at some point during their life. And although depression is treatable, many people don’t seek treatment or don’t get effective treatment until after their symptoms have become severe enough to interfere with daily life.

It’s clear that preventing depression and treating it early could help save lives by reducing the number of people who commit suicide each year in the United States—an estimated 42,000 lives lost every year—and improving our overall mental health as a nation by providing affordable treatment and support.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

The suicide rate in America is at a 30-year high, with 42,000 people taking their own lives in 2016. That’s more than twice the number of deaths from car crashes.

Suicide is preventable. The vast majority of people who attempt it aren’t actually trying to die; they just want to end their pain. As former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said, “Many who attempt suicide don’t really want to die: they just want the pain to stop.”

Warning signs are important—they let you know when someone might be struggling with suicidal thoughts or behaviors—and everyone can learn how to recognize them so that we can all help keep each other safe.

Some signs to keep an eye on:
• Changing behavior
↳ Eating or sleeping more or
 Isolating oneself from friends, saying good bye, giving away important items, or making a will
     ↳ Extreme mood swings

• Referencing
 Wanting to die
 Great guilt or shame
 Being a burden to

**National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK

**Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741

2 thoughts on “How Mental Health Affects Society?”

  1. Mental health is often considered a taboo in most of the Asian countries. People are not encouraged to talk openly about it and I have personally witnessed the stigma associated with mental health. Due to which people keep suffering internally without being cured. Congratulations to you to have brought up this subject for open discussion.

    Depression is a widely acknowledged mental disease engulfing our society. However, it is important to understand that it is treatable but only if people suffering from it and people around them support its treatment. Depression often leads to grave physical problems if left untreated. 

    Thanks for highlighting this subject once again and such efforts will go a long way in educating our people about such silent sufferings.

    Best Regards 

    Rohiy

    1. There is not an actual cure for depressions, only medications that help treat the condition, but I do agree with you. This topic needs to be brought up more often. It’s time to end this stigma and be open to acknowledging all of the branches that the word “mental health” revolves around. 

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