the time catches up we find our society to be allowing more and more focus to
be placed upon mental health, but what are these issues we now find ourselves
the most commonly known mental health issue is that of depression, it can come
in so many forms and with a current three hundred million sufferers in the
world right now, it is perhaps the most prevalent issue we currently face.
Depression is not something that arises simply from a lack of serotonin as many
suspect, but instead it is something that creeps up on you and slowly consumes
your being. You lose a desire to socialise, eat and an ability to sleep, along
with a loss of self-worth and general sadness. Depression can be found through
life-events, and can bring anyone to their knees, at its worst it can bring
someone to self-harm or suicidal tendencies. There are two common medications
prescribed to those with depression, that of therapy and anti-depressants
usually used in combination, to both stabilise and improve a human’s
prevalent mental health issue is that of anxiety, often intertwined with
depression, there are currently forty million adult sufferers in the United
States alone. It can be so hard for a person who suffers with anxiety to
actually seek out treatment, rather obviously they find it far too daunting.
Again it is a crippling illness stopping a person from socialising, eating or
doing the simplest of things, And again both therapy and medication play an
important role in helping with this mental health issue.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Compulsive Disorder (OCD) receives such unfair treatment from mainstream
society it is not just a simple need for order and cleanliness, but like the
name suggests an obsession with anything. An OCD can be an obsession with an
unpleasant thought or experience that you can not remove from your mind causing
intense pain and anxiety. These feelings of unpleasant thought can be acted
upon with repetitive action they think will remove such feelings, if one is
hypothetically obsessed with the idea of germs they are going to wash there
hands till they bleed. It is not the funny issue many paint it is, it is a life
crippling disease. Unlike depression and anxiety there is no mainstream
medication currently prescribed, often treated with therapy.
Bipolar Affective Disorder
mental health issue in todays society is that of Bipolar affective disorder, as
the name suggests these issues find themselves bookended at both manic
happiness and intense depression. Often confused with personality disorder,
this issue is rather intertwined with depression. With nearly 60 million
sufferers worldwide, this affects every relationships in a person’s life so
intensely often in their manic episodes going on eating or spending sprees,
while in their depressive episodes finding all the symptoms that follow that.
Like both anxiety and depression this is most often treated with both therapy
and medication, but it is an issue that is life destroying often causing
confusion in a sufferers loved ones.
one of the biggest mental health issues is that of dementia often affecting the
elderly of society most. Dementia impacts nearly 50 million worldwide, dementia
is to be seen as a loss of cognitive function, this can be in language, memory
and simple comprehension. Dementia is caused by numerous illnesses that impact
the brain and is so often unfortunately coupled with age. There is no known
cure for dementia, a disease that can cause such pain for loved ones of a dying
family member. It is a disease that science is still trying to find an answer
to, but with the amount of diseases that lead to dementia it is unlikely we are
particularly close as a society.
Overall, it should be seen that mental health is one of the biggest issues facing our world. It Is often so important to check in on your loved ones, as you may not be able to tell when they are suffering, and do not be put off by their self-placed isolation. They are simply acting from their disease not plain hate.