Stigma about mental illness keeps many people from seeking treatment. Out f fear of social isolation, discrimination and misunderstanding due to their invisible illness, people fear the diagnosis and the permanent label to be fixed upon them.
There are many kinds of mental illness that are very different from each other.
People that have had incidents of severe depression are obviously not a danger to others, but being labeled with “mental illness” means that the same stigma will apply to them as to everyone else with a history of mental illness.
A former soldier who has had PTSD in the past, still carries the “history of mental illness” red flag in his records.
You hear the phrase “has a history of mental illness” on the news when some psychopath kidnaps a child. You hear this same phrase when a psychpathic 17 year old guns down his fellow students in the hallways of the school.
Just because someone “has a history of mental illness” does not make them a bad person, nor does it make them violent. This stigma is unrealistic and unfair to many people.
This stigma keeps many people from seeking treatment they need.
Once that label is on someone’s record, it is like it is etched in stone. It can ne brought out and others can even use it to undermine people that they have ulterior motives to destroying.
The general population is poorly educated about mental illness. Some people suffer for years and do not even realize that their depression or anxiety disorder could be treated.
They just know that something is wrong but they do not have enough background aboit different kinds of mental issues, to understand when depression changes from regular depression to a depressive disorder that is serious.
Parents are not educated about teen mental illness, and many parents cannot recognize a serious mental health problem. Teen suicides that could be prevented are a tragedy.
High schools do not have classes on basic mental health. The students are forced to spend hours learning certain things they will never use in their lifetime, but critical life topics like mental illness or safe dating is not covered in the curriculum.
Over 25 percent of people will have some form of serious mental suffering during their lifetimes.
Why is it that education about mental health is not given any consideration by the government or the school systems?
Why does the media continue to perpetuate misinformation that is devastating to individuals with mental health dosorders?
The heads of the government have an agenda that does not contain any feelings of empathy or common sense.
1 in 25 people is a psychopath or a malignant toxic narcissist. These are the people that are a danger to others.
But they have a talent to put on a facade of charm and to appear “normal.” By enabling fingers to be pointed at people “with a history of mental illness” …the psychopathic leaders are able to continue to blend in.
Lower level psychopaths endanger the invisibity of the high functioning ones. When these lower level psychopaths commit crimes, the media spouts that the person has “a history of mental illness.”
The truth that psychopaths blend into the crowd and are able to function undetected by people, is something that is covered up.
Instead of the news saying the truth, which is…
“This man raped three women. He is a psychopath. “…
..They are obligated to say …
“This man raped three women. He has a history of mental illness. ”
This veil of illusion is permeated throughout society and constantly reinforced by conditioning of the minds of the public.