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We often forget that mental health challenges
are sometimes invisible,
no matter how happy someone might appear
or how confident they might seem,
we never really know what’s
going on deep inside.
When it comes to mental health,
people often hide what they’re going through.
Here are seven silent facts
about people struggling with their mental illnesses.
men are much more likely to successfully commit suicide,
they’re also much less likely to seek help for things like
depression and suicidal thoughts.
This has been confirmed by multiple studies,
and it’s a real challenge in the world of mental health.
Men typically seem to view mental health challenges
as a sign of weakness,
there’s a large stigma behind it being emotional,
especially if you’re a man.
I’m reminded of the phrase,
” man-up,grow a pair”,
especially if you’re encountering some struggles.
This causes a lot of men to suffer in silence
rather than getting the help that they need.
For this reason,
men are often unwilling to seek help
or even talk about what they’re going through.
People with antisocial disorder,
typically show no regard for right and wrong,
especially in regards to how their actions impact others.
There are many barriers when trying to address these issues,
but one of the most challenging factors
is also the simplest.
People with antisocial disorder,
just don’t want to admit they’re struggling.
Medical professionals have also discovered
that people with antisocial disorder,
frequently lie about their symptoms,
while denying that they need help.
Sometimes they’re just not aware of
how much they’re hurting others.
they might still seek help for things like depression,
anxiety, and outbursts,
which are all common among people with this diagnosis.
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Eating disorders in men are more common than many realize.
The problem is that,
males are more likely to stay silent
as they deal with their mental health.
Studies have looked into this phenomenon extensively,
and some believe that men feel
that there’s social stigma attached to eating disorders.
The commonly held belief is
that disorders like bulimia and anorexia
only affect women.
This is a product of toxic masculinity
and how the patriarchy perpetuates toughness
and not caring about one’s body image,
while also putting out constant images of muscular
sculpted men as desirable.
People struggling with addictions are very likely
to experience strong denial.
Many studies have looked into this
and it’s actually more complicated than you might think.
continuous denial allows the addict to continue using
without intervention or medical treatment.
But new studies have discovered that
abuse of certain substances like cocaine and alcohol
might impair frontal striatal systems of the brain.
These parts of the brain are responsible for self-awareness,
which means the addicts might be genuinely unaware
that they even have a problem,
due to the effect of the substance on the brain.
This could completely change the way
we look at future treatment of addiction.
A number of interesting studies have looked into
how mental illness is handled among
ethnic minorities in America.
One study looked at four separate minority groups
and found that all of them experienced
a double stigma.
The idea is that those groups are already suffering
from discrimination and social stigma
for being a minority,
so the addition of mental health issues is
is additional stigma
that’s increasingly hard to deal with.
Many additional studies have discovered
that minority group members are significantly
more likely to delay
or forego needed mental health care
when compared to whites.
Dementia is one of the most
daunting mental health challenges that we face today,
and it’s something that mainstream medicine
is working hard to treat.
But one of the biggest barriers to treatment
is the fact that many people with dementia
are completely unaware of their own condition.
these patients seem to be
unaware of their own memory issues.
This makes sense for obvious reasons,
they essentially can’t remember that they can’t remember.
These patients are often unaware of
their own cognitive condition in general.
Do you have personal experiences
with mental health challenges?
Do you remember a time
when a mental health challenge was hard to spot,
or seemingly invisible?
Let us know in the comments below.