Does Your Mind Go Blank When Speaking Of Mental Health?

Mental illnesses in today´s world are just like Spanish flu in the second decade of the 19th century.

Stressful way of living, online networks that changed our social lives including the way of interacting and many demands of modern society are some of the reasons for epidemic of those illnesses.

One in 4 people will be affected with mental illness at some point in their lives which means that almost every family will have one of its members affected.

Despite high prevalence of such diseases, they are still highly stigmatised- people tend to think that someone can just snap out of illness- because it is all in their mind.

Because of a lack of knowledge and biases about mental health- many people who could benefit from some kind of therapy don´t even reach for help.

People are hiding painful truths behind closed doors of their houses or apartments, not willing to admit that maybe they should seek treatment to help them cope with illness and- life.

Sometimes a person can think that admitting that help is needed is a sign of weakness, not knowing that the strength to accept reality as it is- is profoundly courageous.

From my experience as a nursing student- many people struggling with mental illness can be helped, but sometimes the only ingredient lacking is the willingness of the persons involved to seek for it.

Mental illnesses are special kind of diseases because they distort your way of thinking in a way that you don´t think you need help because you have too many negative thoughts or in the worst case because you lost contact with reality.

Mental illnesses can´t be seen and they are very specific in their experience so not many people truly understands them.

However they are our reality, and sometimes we can´t escape from it- or we would become delusional.


Through The Hard Times, Through The Limit

Sometimes I remember. The other times. The pleasant times. The sorrowful times.

Among many life situations and memories there are always some that stay imprinted in your subconscious mind. On one hand there are some memories I like to recall when I feel down, but on the other hand there are many disturbing difficulties that I wish I didn’t have to go through.

Life makes you forget or integrate in yourself events that happened to you which you found very painful.

In my example that was one illness I was diagnosed with when I was only 19 years old and for a long time I just could not accept that it was happening to me. There were so many negative emotions included, so many tears, so many -as I thought back then- missed moments which I was unlike other people of my age, spending in hospital.

When you confront death at such a young age, it pushes you to achieve things that other would never have the strengths to think of. Overcoming serious illness at first breaks your self confidence, but in the end if you survived the deepest depths of it, you can survive anything.

That’s what I remind myself of.

Illness is something most of us will get confronted with at various points of our lives, some will get better, get resilient, others perhaps aren’t going to be that „lucky“.

I have to thank my whole family for supporting me through my dark times because without them my Sun would probably not have emerged.

Through my illness, I lost contact with many friends, quit so many things I would normally do, but I also learned to cherish the people who sticked with me and who supported me.

The funny thing and at the same time the irony of the whole situation is that you have to stay strong when you are feeling the lowest. That, my reader, not many of us could accomplish, but not you my dear….

You could.