Over a third of medical problems that present to physicians in their offices and/or the hospitals are due to mental disorders. Doctors usually treat the patients’ symptoms in hopes to make them feel better, without completely knowing the source of their problems. After running numerous tests and reviewing inconclusive results, physicians release their patients by telling them either nothing is wrong with them or following-up with them in hopes their symptoms will dissipate.
The causes of mental illnesses can come from numerous things. One being family history, two being past or present problems they may be facing, and three being sleep deprivation. The most uncontrollable cause of mental disorders is family history. It can take its toll on family members by seeing their loved ones suffering with a disorder, and then they live with the fear of knowing they may have inherited some form of it. Depression and stress can cause medical issues, such as fluctuations in blood pressure, headaches, and abdominal pains that can cause multiple visits to the doctor’s office, and even the emergency room, just to be told nothing is found to be wrong. Sleep deprivation can cause multiple health issues with our bodies, as well. If we do not get sufficient rest, our bodily systems will not work properly, and we will not be able to function correctly. Without sleep, we can become sluggish, tired, and achy. Our immune systems will not function properly, therefore, we will have a harder time fighting off infections and develop preventable illnesses, like the common cold or even pneumonia.
In most instances, the person is unaware of their psychiatric problem. It is usually noticed by a family member or someone who is close to them. These relatives normally tell the physician of the subtle changes in the patient’s personality and behavior that they have seen and of any other influential changes that may have occurred in the patient’s life, such as death of a loved one. This will make it easier for the doctors, and they can do a Mini-Mental Examination in their office to test for any mental disorders. If they believe the patient has a mental issue, they can treat it with drugs and/or refer to a Psychiatrist for therapy and further treatment.
Breaking past the stigma that mental illness has,
It’s time to break through that unjust normalcy of life,
For, every person is dogged with a sense of struggle,
Everyone at some stage has their share of strife.
Mental illness, when contrasted with physical illness, is seen for what it is: a normal phenomenon, with hope for prospective healing and pain management. Some physical afflictions last all our lives, so do some mental afflictions. They are managed. The more we can accept that mental health and illness are similar if not the same as physical health and illness, the more we break down these silly stigmas.
As a former safety and health professional, I know it is acknowledged in the secular world: mental health, mental wellbeing, and mental illness are all dynamic themes in all our lives.