Many people will struggle with mental illness at some point in their lives. Whether it is depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other mental health condition, getting help is imperative. Sometimes a person can look fine on the outside, but can be living through hell on the inside.
Mental illness can disrupt normal sleep patterns and lead to insomnia, oversleeping, and fatigue. Getting out of bed can easily turn into a battle as you find the strength to face another day. Social gatherings can be burdensome as you fight to put a smile on your face and act normal.
Unfortunately, the stigma around mental illness can prevent many people from seeking help and treatment for their condition. The stigma of mental illness can lead to discrimination, whether intentional or not. Mental illness is disabling. When you have a mental illness, you can feel hopeless, helpless, defeated, and alone. Family, friends, and coworkers might not understand your mental illness and health insurance might not fully cover treatment.
An individual with a mental illness sometimes turns to drugs or alcohol to cope with his or her condition. Using drugs and alcohol worsens the symptoms of mental illnesses. Drug and alcohol use can lead to addiction, physical impairments, organ failure, and early death.
If you suffer from a mental health disorder:
- Get treatment. It can be difficult to admit you have a mental illness. Get the help you need from a professional who can treat your condition, prescribe medication if necessary, and manage your treatment.
- Do not feel ashamed. Do not let the stigma of mental illness hold you back from getting help. Learn about your condition. Mental illness does not equate to personal weakness. Seek treatment from a mental health professional.
- Do not use drugs or alcohol. A person with a mental illness could have major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, bipolar or other mental health issues. Using drugs or alcohol can increase the symptoms of mental health disorders and are destructive for your mental, physical, and emotional health.
- Join a support group. There are support groups and forums for mental health and some are for a specific illness. This is a great way to meet others who share similar experiences and prevents isolation.
- Do not isolate yourself. Surround yourself with supportive, encouraging people. Family and friends can learn more about your mental illness and join support groups to gain a better understanding of your condition.
Psychiatric disorders often coincide with substance abuse and addiction. Do not wait. Get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 888-855-6877