Research estimates that 1 out of 5 people will experience mental illness in their lifetime. No one is immune. This is why having conversations about mental illness is so important.
“You aren’t poor, you aren’t unemployed, and you weren’t physically abused… so what did you have to be depressed about?”
Many people question the reasons why a person is depressed, not understanding that depression is a mental illness.
There are many possible causes for mental illnesses, such as genetics, abnormal hormone levels, etc. It’s not just a product of a bad childhood or bad parents. It can also come from outside experiences, bullying, abuse, etc.
People who really are suffering from a mental illness aren’t faking it for the medication. Mental illness is debilitating. People with mental illnesses can’t just “snap out of it”.
Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. Many people with depression go to great lengths to disguise or mask it.
Seeking help isn’t a sign of weakness. Opening up emotionally is a very trying experience, but mental illness doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Some issues are curable, but they are treatable. With proper medication, it’s entirely possible to live a happy and positive life.