Why is it so hard to talk about mental illness?
Last Updated: 05/05/2020 at 9:48pm
Elena Morales, LMHC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I believe silence creates a cycle. With empathic and collaborative therapy, we break the cycle. I help clients feel validated and supported passed anger, shame, and anxiety.
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Because of the taboo associated with it. People feel that they would be judged or left all alone when they talk about their mental illness, hence it's hard and scary for them to even talk about it. In many cases, people even have trust issues to talk about something as personal as their mental health. But the thing is, we need to normalise it. If you don't feel okay, talk about it. If you've battled any mental illness, talk about it openly and loudly. People out there need to be aware of the ordeal and how it's not easy. They should get the inspiration not to judge anyone based on their mental health.
Mental Illness has unfortunately got a lot of stigma behind it; fortunately though the stigma is being broken and it is becoming easier and easier to talk about it. I guess a lot of the time it comes down to being able to admit to yourself that maybe you have a mental illness and fear regarding that and what other people will think of you that makes it really difficult to talk to others about it.
Mental illness isn't being talked about that much and not being given the attention needed because of the stigma and misconceptions that exist. People would always believe on what they think is "right" due to diverse cultural differences, beliefs, and opinions, and tend to invalidate people's struggles with mental health issues.
Sometimes it is hard to face reality. Denial is a challenge to overcome and can be blinding. Admitting to ourselves can be challenging enough, let alone talking to another.
Sometimes we feel like no one else is going through what we are going through and so we get worried that if we talk about our experience no one will understand it. This can be scary and make it harder to talk about our mental health with others in case they try to minimise or dismiss it, but it also feeds into the stigma that surrounds mental illness. One of the best ways to make talking about mental illness easier to do is to find someone we trust, like a close friend or family member, and open up to them about what we are going through. Quite often we realise that they have had similar experiences and we are able to support eachother through understanding, recognising and acknowledging those feelings and emotions.
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