How Mental Illness Can Affect Anyone

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Many people think they are immune to mental illnesses because of some reason or another. For example, some say they cannot be depressed because they have such a great life or there is no way they could ever have an anxiety disorder because they are never stressed out. Well, the truth is, anyone can get a mental illness no matter their age, gender, culture, religion, race, sexual preference, or economic status. It does not matter if you are rich, poor, black, white, young, old, male, or female. While women are more susceptible to depression and anxiety disorders, everyone is susceptible to mental health disorders.

 

Who Is Most at Risk?

Actually, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), mental illness may start before you are even born. For example, some mental health conditions such as autism, anxiety, and depression may be caused by certain factors during pregnancy like maternal stress or exposure to toxins. However, most often, the exact cause of mental illness is not able to be pinpointed but they are very common. In fact, approximately a quarter of Americans will be affected by some type of mental illness every year. However, those who are mostly at risk include:

  • Women
  • Victims of abuse or neglect
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
  • Previous mental illness
  • Traumatic incident
  • Chronic or serious physical illness

 

Some of the Signs of Mental Illness

How do you know if you or someone you care about has a mental illness? There are plenty of signs to watch for which vary depending on the condition but the most common symptoms include:

  • Extreme sadness or nervousness for more than two weeks
  • Isolation – Withdrawing from places and people
  • Lack of concentration or making decisions
  • More sensitive – Bouts of crying or aggression
  • Loss of emotions
  • Not thinking clearly
  • Not interested in activities that are normally enjoyed
  • Missing school or work more often
  • Staying in bed more often
  • Eating less or more than usual
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Chronic aches and pains
  • Loss of interest in sex or relationships
  • Acting out or risky behavior
  • Rapid changes in emotions
  • Thoughts of hurting themselves or others

 

Seeking Help When Needed

Unfortunately, many of those who suffer from a mental illness do not seek help because they are embarrassed or afraid for anyone to find out. Only about 45% of those who need help will get treatment. In some cases, it may be because they are unaware that they need help but in many situations, it is due to stigma. Of course, in some cases it may be due to lack of insurance or funds, but luckily, with internet counseling you can get help in the privacy of your own home for a fraction of the cost of traditional therapy. Because online therapists do not have to spend as much money on business costs such as leasing or buying an office, paying employees and utilities for the office, or transportation, they pass those savings on to you. One such place, BetterHelp.com, has over 2,000 licensed professional mental health care providers who are available 24/7 without an appointment. You do not even have to leave your house so you do not have to worry about stigma or embarrassment. Just go to https://www.betterhelp.com/start/ and get help now.

 

Guest post by Marie Miguel 

 

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-
related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health
resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with
mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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