Why is there such a stigma surrounding mental illness when almost 58 MILLION people suffer from this disease in any given year? We have sprung a far distance in the medical field, yet psychological ailments are still significantly taboo to most. I don't get it! If we are going to help the mentally ill in this country, and indeed the world at large, wouldn't we need to expose and treat the relevant conditions? If we choose to bury them beneath the dusty carpet surely those who suffer will continue to live in denial, continue to live in pain, or feel the shame society projects. There is no shame to mental illness. I have suffered, I have communicated with people who suffer, I have listened to their tragic yet empowering stories, and I have gained an enduring admiration for their strength. Some felt banished by society because they attempted suicide after living a life of hell, others because they were sexually abused as children and are now suffering extreme consequences. There are those who are oblivious and fail to comprehend why. Perhaps it is genetic, a chemical imbalance, or it could have been a tragedy, again-¦. there is no shame. So let us discuss this - œTaboo-• subject and shed some light instead of turning our backs. FACTS FACTS FACTS According to the National Mental Institute of Health an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older -” about one in four adults -” suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. This figure translates to 57.7 million people. The World Health Organization reports that four of the 10 leading causes of disability in the US and other developed countries are mental disorders. By 2020, Major Depressive illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children. It is time to unveil the stigma! Depression and related mental ailments can be treated effectively. Many books have been written about depression, each educating us on how a specific ailment can be treated, others offering remarkable insight into the phenomenon of our biochemistry. There is one book however, that provides an alternative approach to mental illness through the eyes of those who have suffered. Perhaps you can relate, perhaps you are intrigued, perhaps you seek education? Either way, you might gain something from reading this book. -˜Dying to Live, confessions of suicide' is so titled because the author is one of the millions of people who had fallen prey to a suicide attempt. It happens! It happens to 1.4 million Americans a year. BUT.....It CAN be prevented! It's time. To learn more visit: http://www.unveilingthestigma.com Related Articles - depression, anxiety, suicide, mental illness, mental health, suicide prevention, , Email this Article to a Friend! Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!Subscribe for free today!
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