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    Stigma!

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    Anxiety and Panic disorders are problems. Psychology and medical science have both confirmed this. We have mental health services in place to treat them. So, why is it that they are both considered less serious or less important than any other disorder or disease of the body? Why does mental health still carry such a stigma, against all logic and reason, and what does that mean for those with mental disorders?

    Unfortunately, what it means is that an estimated less than 30% of all people with a diagnosable mental disorder ever actually seek treatment. The reasons for this vary. Some just never receive the resources or education needed for them to know that they actually are suffering from a specific condition that it is treatable. More often, though, the problem lies within society and common misconceptions about mental health and those with mental disorders.

    Though it would be erroneous to say that we haven’t made progress in public awareness and decreasing stigma about mental health, it would be equally wrong to state that we are now able to rest on our laurels and be satisfied with only what we have accomplished. Too many still use words like “weak” and “lazy” to refer to people who struggle with mental disorders. Aside from an alarming lack of empathy, these judgments come in part from mass media depictions of mental health, in both fiction and news. This probably isn’t even done consciously; it’s likely more a product of the idea that bad news in all things is more entertaining and gripping than good news. Awareness campaigns geared toward content creators for mass media, then, are equally important as they are for the public.

    The main concern that this stigma creates is that those who need help will not seek it, for fear of being thought of as weak, useless, or crazy by the rest of society. With all of the media focusing on the negative, it’s easy to see how this can have a large impact on someone thinking about looking for help. People are coming around and realizing the error of their previous thinking, and awareness campaigns are a big part of that. The term “raising awareness,” in and of itself, has its own stigma as something that is ultimately ineffectual and pointless. Raising awareness has a power of its own that has a ripple effect, though, and it should not be ignored. If even one person’s mind is changed by an awareness campaign, that person can be a vector, spreading knowledge to people around them who might also have misconceptions.

    Stigma remains a large problem, and even though the problem is ingrained in society, it is a foe that can, in time, be defeated. If you’re suffering from symptoms of a mental health disorder, please fight the stigma and seek treatment, for yourself and your loved ones. You don’t have to go it alone. If you aren’t, think about participating in an awareness campaign near you, and join the fight to spread education about mental health. Check out NAMI and NIMH for more information about events near you.

    Welcome to Holland

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    Welcome to Holland

    One of the things families of the mentally ill run into is a lack of understanding from friends and other family members. While they often express sorrow and compassion, it’s clear from their words and actions that they don’t really have an understanding of the situation. It’s not because they’re bad people; it’s simply because they have no frame of reference. At the same time, it’s hard for us to explain our experience to them in a way they can understand.

    The best description I’ve ever read of what life is like for the families of the mentally ill is a 1987, essay written by Emily Perl Kingley. She wrote it to comfort parents of disabled children, but it expresses well what families of the mentally ill go through when their loved one is diagnosed. It is entitled Welcome to Holland.

    I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……

    When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

    After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

    “Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

    But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

    The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

    So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

    It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

    But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

    And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

    But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.

    Placing Blame…

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    Depression; The Trap Within

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    Depression, the Trap Within

    It is my opinion that the purpose of depression is the death and destruction of the human soul by deception.  Think about it, we are what we think.  Our world and our lives are controlled by our thoughts.  The human brain the greatest computer ever created.  With it we are capable of doing incredible things.  We create things for good, better, or worst.  We are capable of doing good, or evil.  The choice is ours.  When our brains function like it is supposed to; the sky is the limit.

    Our minds are also able to turn against themselves.  I believe this to be true when depression sets in.  Our perception of the world becomes distorted.  We get stuck in black and white thinking.  The cup is half empty.  It is about have not’s, not about what we have.  Instead of seeing a world of opportunity, it is a world of limits.  We also start believing things to be true when they are not.  Our minds lie to us when depression sets in.  At this point you cannot trust your thoughts, or feelings.  This can happen to anyone.  No one on earth is immune to depression.  It can happen to anyone of us on any given day.  It is not a defect of character.  It has nothing to do with intelligence.  In fact some of the most intelligent people who ever lived suffered terrible with depression.  Winston Churchill comes to mind to me.  He called depression his black dog.

    When you are depressed nothing can satisfy, or comfort you.  Happiness takes a holiday and you are uncertain of its return.  Pessimism sets in and optimism flees.  A long night of extreme sadness sets in.  Your emotions turn against you with anger, self-hate.  Self-pity sets in and you think you cannot do anything right.  Everything is wrong.  You feel the whole world is against you.  You feel no one can be trusted.  You may feel unloved, or wanted.  You may have severe emotional and physical pain.  This is indeed is very real, and you may feel so bad that you are willing to do anything to stop the pain.  For some this is when suicidal thoughts set in.  Some attempt or complete suicide, and this is a sad fact indeed because suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

    What is the solution?  No one wants to live in torment or constant pain.  Depression can be treated and conquered but it takes a lot of hard work.  Depression is a trap of negative thinking, and it feeds on itself.  You may need medication to help with the symptoms, but to stop depression in its tracks, you must change the way you think.  Depression can set in for years and negative thinking becomes a habit.

    Cognitive behavioral therapy can help but you need to identify the lies your mind has told to you.  This can be hard because you’ve been thinking negatively so long that you may not even be aware of it.  You may even hate or dislike yourself.  All of that has got to change.  You must learn to love and care for you.  No one can do this for you.  You cannot feel love from others until you learn to love yourself.  Looking for a relationship from a person to complete the love you don’t have for yourself will not work.  How can you expect unconditional love from others when you do not love and accept yourself unconditionally?

    You also need to apply “opposite action” to get better.  Get out of bed and get busy even if you don’t want to.  Make yourself stay busy.  Set up a routine of things you need to do to take care of you and stick with it.  Even when you get into recovery, depression will raise its ugly head every now and again.  It is okay to cry, or have a bad day, but you cannot let it become an everyday occurrence.  Your happiness depends on you taking care of you.  Have an attitude of gratitude, always being thankful for what you have.  Always look for the bright side of life.  The negative will always be there, but we cannot dwell on it.

    Get your higher power help you with the things you cannot seem to let go.  Hang up the serenity prayer where you can see it.  Ask God to help you change the things you can, and to accept the things you cannot change.  Ask for the wisdom to know the difference.  A big part of living in life is learning to live with unresolved problems.  We all have problems, but we can choose not to let the problems get us down.  Happiness is a choice we have to make every day.

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    David W McCannon

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