Mental health is one of those areas where no one wants to believe we are not as mentally healthy as we think we are. How many times have you watched a friend or family member struggle with a mental health issue, only to discover that they are fine? It’s a painful, sad reality that many people are suffering from, and the stigma surrounding mental illness often makes it harder to talk about it.
That being said, it’s important to acknowledge that there are people who are suffering from mental health issues and are not fine. This is especially true with children. A lot of the stigma around mental health issues often stems from the fact that they are thought to cause negative behavior and disrupt the family unit. A lot of these kids are suffering from a mental illness, but they don’t understand why they are in such a terrible place.
Children sometimes confuse their parents with mental illness. Many times parents do not understand why their child is having a hard time or why they are in such a bad place. They are also often not able to give their child a normal life. Just as adults, children can suffer from being confused about their mental health. They will try to act normal in front of their parents. But they can get in trouble for it.
It’s true that children often get confused about their mental health. They can get confused about their parents’ mental health, too. This is usually because their parents do not understand what is going on with them or do not know how to help them. Adults sometimes confuse their kids about their mental health as well, but for the most part, adults are just as confused and just as frustrated as children.
I like my mental health conversations with my child, but I have to admit that it is often difficult for me. Not because I have a hard time understanding my daughter’s emotions, but because I have a hard time understanding my own. It’s just the way I think; the way I am.
I’m thinking of those who have mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I also think of those who find themselves struggling with mental illness, and who don’t always have support from family and friends. While I have a hard time understanding people with a mental health issue or a hard time understanding support, I can get behind it when someone’s struggling.
I think it’s really important for everyone to understand you’re not alone and that there are people who care (like my own husband and my stepdaughter). I love it when people come over and we have a conversation about mental health. It’s definitely a sign that you’re not alone, and that you’re not crazy, and that you can still be a normal person.
Mental health is so much more than just a diagnosis. It’s so much more than just “someone with a mental health issue” or a “person with a hard time understanding support”. Mental health is a spectrum of emotions, emotions that can range from being happy, joyful, excited, to sad, to scared, to angry, to desperate, to depressed, to suicidal, to happy again, to sad again, and so on.
Some people can say, “I’m depressed.” Others can say, “I’m suicidal.” Some can say, “I’m anxious.” Some can say, “I’m depressed.” But what about all the others? Well, you’re probably not alone. For many people, mental health is a real struggle, and the only way to feel better is to try and do something about it.
Mental illness is a real issue in our society. On our website we’ve written about mental illness which has made many people think, well, mental illness is an even more serious issue than actually being diagnosed with a mental disorder. In reality, mental illness is more of a symptom of a more serious underlying disorder. On average, adults are diagnosed with over 3,500 different mental disorders (according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness).