Caring about mental health

Photo illustration by Hana Ghazi

Physical illnesses are easily explained; symptoms range from feeling weak and exhausted to possibly painful. If someone said they had the u, everyone would understand that they most likely had a fever, stuffy nose and possibly a stomach ache. Calling in sick for work with a physical illness is a simple explanation.

However, other types of illnesses exist that are not in plain sight.

The mind can become sick, just like the body, making seemingly mundane tasks a challenge, but someone who hasn’t experienced a mental illness may not understand why it can be difficult to simply get out of bed in the morning.

Mental disorders can come in many different shapes and sizes along with the severity of the type of illness. An illness such as schizophrenia is a more obvious type of illness, causing hallucinations and in most cases, paranoia. Illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety can be more implicit diseases and are much easier to try and hide.

We feel society as a whole has been ignoring these illnesses and it is time for us to take action by being well aware of what can happen and how people are affected. Mental illnesses can affect anyone: 26.2 percent of American citizens suffer from some sort of mental illness by adulthood according to That is one in five adults 18 and older, so we should no longer ignore it and act like they don’t exist.

Studies have compared the brain of someone suffering with a mental illness biologically compared to a healthy brain. The mentally-ill brains has more neurotransmitters than the necessary amount.

Not only has the typical workplace ignored this, but so has Hollywood. Rarely ever does a character in a TV show or movie suffer from a mental illness, and if they do, they are (most of the time) portrayed as crazy. We recommend that more popular shows calmly add the element of mental illness to their show. It will make them more realistic and society will come to a stronger understanding.

If everyone was more informed of how important mental health is and how much it can affect everything about a person, we would be more understanding of people’s actions and capabilities. Society would overall be mentally stronger and healthier if it was tolerable to take a sick day on days where depression doesn’t allow them to move or one’s anxiety is through the roof, when moods and decisions change every few hours if someone’s anger cannot be contained.

If society understood having physical pain and mental pain make life equally as difficult, we would understand each other better, be closer and be stronger together.

We believe mental health is just as important as physical. Of course, it’s important to keep your body healthy so it’s not taking anything away from that, however, it is also imperative to keep track of how you are mentally because unhealthiness in either facet can be equally as destructive.


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