Saturday, 18 January 2014

Mental Health

Mental health. Some may argue that your physical health is most important, and as important as it may be I think mental health is just as important. I would rather lose my physical health but still have a healthy mind. Our mental and emotional health are very connected to physical health, and it's time we gave them such importance. So why do we degrade such things?

I've heard so many rude comments regarding diseases of the mind. Not comments meant to be funny, but outright rude. With that I've found a lot of ignorance. It's not right. I don't even want to get into the comments because this is not what it's about. This is about people shutting out one another. Everyone knows what's going on in their heads, or at least have an idea. Then, to hear so many people scoff at serious emotions and diseases is distressing. It can make a person suffering feel ashamed, and cause them to hide and suffer even more.

Why are we so ashamed of needing help with our mental or emotional health? It's nothing to feel ashamed of. Sometimes these things are chemical, no different from a physical disease. No one did anything to feel depressed or have bipolar disorder: it happens. It happens the same way things like asthma or lupus come about. I don't understand the degradment of caring for ourselves.

Don't be ashamed to ask for help. You did nothing wrong. There is nothing wrong with caring about your mental and emotional health. In fact, it makes you the stronger person to care for yourself.

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