“Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.” – John Green
I am very happy that in my lifetime I have seen mental health go from a taboo topic to one that is pretty widely known and understood. Of course, there is always room for more improvement but the growth that I have seen occur warms my heart.
Companies are starting to realize that it is a real thing and they are letting their employee take mental health days. People are understanding the need to leave midday and go see your therapist. Instagram accounts are giving tips left and right that are helping people learn new ways to cope. So much is progressing and it is exciting to see.
When I was my little sister’s age I was not educated on what depression and anxiety were even though I suffered from them. All I knew is that I was stress and tired, a lot too stressed to sleep to but too sleepy to do anything.
Now, I see my little sister having the knowledge to be able to say what she is feeling, how people are making her feel, and having self-awareness that I did not possess at her age.
World mental health day was observed for the first time in 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by Richard Hunter. Thanks to his efforts it has continued every year since and is now celebrated in over 150 countries.
Therapy used to be something that you hid, that you were ashamed of, but now it is highly encouraged to everyone because people have realized that humans are flawed and we all require some guidance every once in a while.
Over 264 million people of all ages throughout the world suffer from depression. With the most concentrated age group being women ages 40-59. Some might consider depression to be a purely mental problem but it is actually the leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
Around one in 13 people in the world are affected by an anxiety disorder or about 7.3%. Adults aged 30-44 having the highest rate of anxiety with around 23% of people in that age group reporting an anxiety disorder. In the US anxiety is the most common mental illness affecting over 40 million adults. Despite how treatable anxiety disorders are only around 40% of those suffering receive treatment.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
The stigma around the DID due to the media’s way of showing it is pretty heart breaking. About 2% of the world suffers from DID and most of the time they hide due to being seen as some kind of freak instead of a human.
I personally do not know too much about DID but I do feel terrible for those that have to suffer and often live in fear due to circumstances out of their control. Here is an interview that I found informative about DID.
This is another disorder that is highly publicized. It affects around 20 million people worldwide. There are still a lot of unknowns and confusion surrounding schizophrenia even though it affects a pretty wide population.
Schizophrenia is another disorder that I do not know too much about, if you would like to learn more here is a wonderful TedTalk that I highly suggest.
I am so excited to see mental health being taken as seriously as it needs to be. Your bring should be for you instead of against you and unfortunately due to the human condition that is not always the case.
Finding help, speaking out truthfully about how you are feeling, and knowing how strong you truly are just a few small steps that can progress you to a lifetime of success.