Demystifying Mental Health: Stigma Is Itself A Fear
We all have a mental health.
And each of our mental health is in flex all of the time. We, our minds and our bodies and our hearts, change every moment. What separates people with so called "mental illness" (I hate this term) is an us-them mentality. A simple–while misdirected–belief that mentally ill people are different. And that begets fear.
I am very excited that HealthyPlace.com began their Stand Up For Mental Health Campaign this week. This award winning website wants to break the stigma by having people join together and speak out about their problems! I say, let's do it!
If we do it, other people will feel less alone and isolated. And I think that heals better than anything.
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You have all read about my anxiety: My Introduction to Anxiety and Fear of Flying. And many people have wrote to me about theirs. Sometime I feel like in today's day and age, anxiety is more the norm than living fear free. Fear is biologically based, and anxiety is learned from our culture and media– from our parents and their parents. Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes, ranging from not so bad to really intense. But it also sometimes disguised by desperation, anger, impatience, and laziness. Let's be honest, barely any of us, lives with no fear.
Stigma itself is a fear.
If someone acts differently because you have a "mental illness," it is because he or she is afraid or judgmental when they need not be. Doesn't that mean that person has one too?
It is time to demystify mental health, realize that were are all struggling to adapt here on this crazy planet. Some people struggle more than others but that is usually because they have had a horrible experience that wasn't their fault. Shame causes worse mental health than anything else. If we get rid of the shame of having a mental illness, we get rid of more than half of what ails.
Instead of making people feel more separate, we need to pull them closer into our arms and tell them they are OK. We start by telling each other than we are OK. Please know that whatever you feel, it is OK.
Over to you, what do you think of the mental health stigma? How does it effect you?
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By Jodi Lobozzo Aman
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LCSW-R, J. (2013, January 23). Demystifying Mental Health: Stigma Is Itself A Fear, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 15 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2013/01/demystifying-mental-health
Author: Jodi Lobozzo Aman, LCSW-R