People can be extremely hesitant to bring up the topic of mental illness.
Sometimes this reticence has to do with their unfamiliarity with the illness
itself, but most of the time, this difficulty talking about mental illness
comes from the old cultural habit of avoiding the subject. There is also
misinformation about what a person with mental illness looks like.
Some might have the stereotypical figure of a schizophrenic person in their
head, while others view individuals who suffer from mental illness as
objects of tragedy. If someone does share their story of overcoming the
pitfalls of their mental illness, they are championed and held in high
regard; while this positivity is good, not all people with mental illness
fit that narrative. And, when people fail to fit into that narrative box,
people can sometimes view the individual as a failure.
For example, the Netflix series
13 Reasons Why depicts a teenager’s descent into depression that ultimately culminates
in suicide. Those who have viewed the series and who have never experienced
depression themselves expected her to fit the tragic typecast of a depressed
person who’s sympathetic enough to want to help. The main character
is vindictive and unlikable—much like a real-life person. Instead
of perpetuating the stereotype of a tragic figure, the show depicts the
main character as a real person with real problems.
While mental illness affects many people, it doesn’t affect everyone
the same way. Some people become irritable, distant, unreasonable, and
angry. Not all individuals who suffer from a mental illness are easy to
be around. This behavior can make it difficult to sympathize with the
person struggling, but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve
Not all people understand what it’s like to struggle with a mental
illness. To prevent further stigmatizing which dismisses a broad spectrum
of ways mental illness can affect people, people should try to be more
compassionate, more supportive, and encourage recovery.
If you or a loved one are suffering from a mental illness, talk to our staff at
Therapeutic Solutions. Our clinic believes a multi-disciplinary approach is the best way to
provide quality care to our patients. The Chico behavioral health psychiatrists
at the center, in addition to the rest of our staff, are knowledgeable,
compassionate, and skilled in the most effective psychotherapeutic techniques
available. Let us see how we can best meet your needs.
Schedule an appointment by calling (530) 883-8535 or
filling out our online form today, or refer a patient