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The Stigma of Mental Health Issues

The Stigma of Mental Health Issues

May 30, 2018 | Mental Health, Treatment

In years past, mental health issues have been thought of as someone who may be insane and needs to be put into a padded room or a strait jacket to protect them from hurting themselves or others. The reality of mental health issues is that they are more common than you may think. One and four persons around the globe will have some sort of neurological disorder at some stage of their life. Presently, over four hundred million suffer from a mental disorder that makes these conditions worldwide the leading cause of disability due to ill-health.

The past few decades has changed the stigma of mental health issues significantly with better information and more-detailed research that has been identified to try and help those that are in need, but there is still a way to go. Anybody at any time can be susceptible to a mental health issue. Neurological disorders do not discriminate in the least. No matter your gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, mental health issues can strike whenever they wish.

Mental illness can refer to a long list of mental health issues that can affect how someone thinks, behaves, or exhibits their mood. Depression, PTSD, anxiety, OCD, schizophrenia, bipolar, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, process addiction, and ADHD are the main mental disorders that one may need to seek therapy, medication, and severe cases hospitalization to get the help that they need.

Although mental health issues can begin at any time from birth to an elderly age, primarily someone’s mental state is altered earlier in life. Sometimes mental health issues can be a temporary condition, or they can be stay around for a significant amount of time. There are many factors that affect the probability of someone with a mental health issue. Environmental, genetic, and biological factors can cause someone to develop a mental health issue.


  • Inherited traits from a blood relative
  • Substance abuse
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Isolation
  • Chronic medical condition
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Prior mental illness
  • Extreme life changes


While some persons may only have one neurological disorder at a time some can establish more than one. It is not uncommon for someone to experience anxiety and depression that are coinciding with one another or have an eating disorder and OCD coexisting together that may require treatment for a dual diagnosis.  

The main point that should be noted is that there is help for someone that may be suffering with one or more mental health disorders. Stigmas should be smashed to open the door for anyone to get the help they need to have the quality of life that they deserve.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a 5-week extensive outpatient treatment facility that can help someone that has a problem with drugs and alcohol. Our 12-Step aspects and holistic therapy can make a difference in assisting someone in their recovery.

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