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Three out of four daults say that . Depression is ranked third most disruptive illness after Alzheimer’s disease and Schizophrenia. Cancer and Parkinson’s disease were ranked fourth and fifth in the survey.
People need to be more open and admit that depression is disruptive to their daily lives, they are then more likely to acknowledge it as a very serious problem that requires treatment rather than something that will go away by itself. People’s reluctance to discuss mental health problems is still linked to the fact that they may be ridiculed or discriminated against. Depression is still under-reported due to this factor and stigma attached.
What is interfering with your daily life, your job, your relationships, is to research whether you are suffering from stress, which can have very similar trends to depression, or whether you require medication or therapy for depression. People need to seek out treatment if they have a level of dysfunction which prevents them from concentrating on work , are constantly fatigued or find social interaction difficult.
The good news is that more people are willing to discuss their depression with family members or friends about their mental health problems. Another great step forward is that people are trying to educate themselves about good mental health and are prepared to take responsibility and steps to be cured. Whilst the public perception in general is still negative about mental health issues, people are moving forward individually in order to sort out their problems. This is a very encouraging finding.
Society should be taught to treat promotion of mental health in the same manner as the promotion of good health and good physical health. People with depression need to recognize their stress factors and plan how to cope with them. With depression ranking 3rd in the most disruptive conditions that people suffer then mental health education needs to be focused on by Government, Health Organizations and the general public, in order to de-stigmaitze mental health issues.
Having a broken leg or arm can be clearly seen by others however, having a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression, due to it’s invisibility as a physical illness, still has a social stigma attached to it. This is a highly unfair and uneducated perception. are exactly the same as a broken leg or arm and needs to be treated by a professional in order for the patient to move forward to a happier and healthier life mentally.