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The importance of accepting a mental illness

The Importance Of Accepting A Mental Illness

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  • Posted On : 01-Aug-2020
What is mental illness? A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. Jean Holthaus, LISW, MSW mentions that mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew. However, only half of those affected receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities and increased risk of Healing from mental illness requires a long journey of acceptance. Those with mental illness must accept who they have become. Must learn to accept disability and learn to live with stigma. Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. Lauren Mizock, PhD, outlines that her research has found that acceptance is not a simple outcome that is either there or not there. Instead, acceptance is a dynamic process that involves several factors that develop over time. This process requires moving from a passive state of denial to an active position of agency. The article "The Impact of Illness Identity on Recovery from Severe Mental Illness" outlines that little is known about the impact of illness identity, which is defined as the set of roles and attitudes that a person has developed in relation to his or her understanding of having a mental illness. It is important for individual with mental illness to accept, open up, and create awareness about this issue so the society can better understand them and their limitations. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2927828/

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Don’t Let Self-Pity Poison Your Life — Here is how..

Don’t Let Self-Pity Poison Your Life — Here Is How..

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  • Posted On : 16-Sep-2019
Unwanted changes, unexpected challenges, loss, disappointments, abuse or other forms of adversity often bring with them hurt or harm. Feelings of self-pity are quite normal and understandable. It is natural to feel sorry for yourself when you are having a hard time. But if self-pity takes over and you don’t reign it in, it is a very problematic emotion. The Problem with Self-Pity Self-pity reinforces the sense of being a victim bringing with it hopelessness and inaction. Your options seem very limited. You are preoccupied with the past and see it as defining your future in a very negative and restrictive way. Your perception narrows to seeing only loss, damage and problems. You believe yourself to be helpless, defeated and vulnerable. Self-pity may keep you rather passive, hoping to be rescued, by someone, somehow. The Power of Self-Compassion Self-compassion also acknowledges the difficulty you find yourself in. But it is not about feeling sorry for yourself, blaming others or dwelling on misery. Appreciating the realities of your situation, self-compassion is a nurturing attitude towards yourself. It involves treating yourself with the same kindness, caring and empathy you would have for a very dear friend: gentle and understanding with yourself when you are having a difficult time, feel inadequate or have failed. Instead of allowing your inner critic to take over or getting stuck in victim-hood, you look at yourself in a compassionate way and extend comfort and care towards yourself. When it seems you are the only one who is inadequate or suffering, remember that being human brings with it vulnerability and imperfection. Whatever your experience, keep a balanced perspective rather than ignoring your pain or exaggerating it.

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