The societal stigma on mental health is one of the oddest things ever. Imagine not going to the doctor for a broken leg or arm just because someone might look at you and go “Ha, what a wuss”
This is the exact same logic we as a society apply to people struggling with mental illness.
We have effectively created a generation of people with various mental health issues and then made it so that they cannot seek help, for fear of being labelled. These labels are those of weakness, of fragility and believe it or not of self-indulgence. As if seeking help is selfish. Be selfish if you have to.
We were taught as children to always suck it up stop crying and get on with it, without ever really analyzing or dealing with those emotions that made us cry. As such, we continue to hold onto this belief as adults and knowingly or otherwise pass it onto our peers. This is what has led to a quarter of the population with untreated mental health issues.
Being seen as ‘weak’ has essentially barred us from receiving the care we need, and more importantly the care we deserve. ‘Take care of yourself’ is not something your loved ones just say, but they wish you act on it as well. If you do not so, you might as well be a walking corpse. It is a harsh pill to swallow, but it is the truth.
The thing is, and this is what I fear the most, is that many people just are not going out to get help. Maybe it’s financial reason, maybe its others. Whatever the case may be, it is high time you realize that not getting help is probably the worst thing you can do for yourself.
What happens If I Do Not Get Help?
What happens if you do not get your broken leg casted? What happens when you do not get an open wound bandaged? What happens when you do not treat a major flu?
The answer should be come forth by itself.
The Condition Worsens
You experience a first eventual, then rapid decline in your mental health. This is mostly because many mental health disorders do not fully manifest their symptoms early on, but when they do, they do it in force. Declining attention to your mental health will lead to the condition getting worse and worse. The longer you will ignore your mental health, the harder it be for you later. This also complicates treating it since there are a lot more factors to deal with.
As the condition worsens, you also tend to forego your social connections. Friends and family will only put up with you for so long. It is only when they receive somewhat of a response from you, that they will continue to engage you. No one has the time to help someone who are not helping themselves.
Declining Physical Health
Your brain is the center of your activity. Leave its issues unchecked and it is obligatory that the rest of you will be affected. The biggest issues that can develop in mental health patients are chronic pains. Studies show that people who report constant pains in specific parts of the body usually have a history of mental health issues. Mental health disorders are the catalysts to rapid chemical change within your body. This chemical change is associated with pains and other varying degrees of issues. Many people suffering from stress and anxiety report gastrointestinal issues. Likewise, many people dealing with depression report chronic pains. Each untreated mental health disorder brings with it its own host of physical manifestations.
What Getting Help Does for You
With getting therapy- talking to someone who knows everything there is about your condition, you will find solace. There is nothing more invigorating than finding someone who validates your feelings and experiences and what’s more –explains these emotions and feelings back to you. This is what therapy does. It helps you get to the core of the problem and then pull the rug right under from the problem. Admittedly, the rug is pulled gently and slowly.
Therapies effects last long. Professional help from therapy will enable you cope with your problems by yourself. You are being given tools to make yourself a better person. Talking to a professional is therapy in itself but the real treatment begins once you leave the leather chair and work issues out for yourself. Since you have learned the process of dismantling the problem, you can do it again if the need arises. Ally this with medication and you can hope for a better quality of life.
Physical Ailments Begin to Fade
The pains and issues that plague a mental health patient, as discussed before, are rooted in their mental health problems. These issues result from lifelong trauma and then failure to treat the issues that arise from it.
These physical manifestations of pain and other related issues are a clear warning sign from our bodies that something is wrong. Treating the mental pain and issues alleviate the physical problems as the root of the problem has been or is being dealt with. Bottling emotions inside causes these physical problems, letting them out heals them.
You Deal with Problems Better
Remember how we talked about getting the tools to deal with your problems? Well you will not of course only be dealing with your mental health issues as you progress in life. There will be an array of other various sometimes innocuous sometimes tough problems to deal with in the future. But you know how to deal with them in a healthy manner.
Conflict is a natural part of life and is bound to occur. Knowing how to deal with it is essential. Previously, you would only internalize anger, fear or discomfort. But with therapy you will know that actually talking about the problem is the quickest solution to a problem. Say for example, talking to your boss about unfair working conditions, or talking to your significant other of previously undiscussed issues. These pave ways for a quick way to the solution.