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Road To Recovery Essay

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“One in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in a given year” (~). Society looks at mental illness differently than physical illness. The public stigma that is associated with mental illness can affect the attitude of those with mental health issues and unfortunately, slow down the recovery process. By making the public aware of what mental illness really is, how it affects individuals, their families, and the treatments that are available, the long road to recovery can be shortened.
Something a lot of people don’t realize about depression, or any mental illness for that matter, is that it cannot be cured right away. Many patients have had to fight through trial and error ...view middle of the document...

Relapse is very common. “According to the American Psychological Association, at least 60% of people who have an episode of major depression will go on to have a second. And 70% of people who have two episodes are likely to suffer a third”. (~)
According to National Institue of Mental Health (NIH) most common mood disorders include major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder and suicide. The act of taking one’s life, shrunk down into a simple “mood disorder.” As if death can be taken back, as if it can be fixed like a disorder. “More than 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder, most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder” (~). Suicide must not have its seriousness stripped away. Rather than labeling suicide as something so easily remedied, society should recognize not only its permanence but also its causes. Suicide is not a disorder though it is often caused by one. Suicide and suicidal behaviors are usually triggered by depression, various mood disorders, drugs/alcohol, aging, an external event, overwhelming stress, and problems that seem as if they will never go away, such as internal issues.
“People usually attempt suicide to block unbearable emotional pain, which is caused by a wide variety of problems. A person attempting suicide is often so distressed that they are unable to see that they have other options: we can help prevent a tragedy by endeavoring to understand how they feel and helping them to look for better choices that they could make” (~). Suicide is a sensitive subject, often even being considered “taboo” in western cultures. Few are willing to discuss it, and those who have dealt with it first hand have dealt with the stigma that comes with it. “ Suicide is extremely traumatic for the friends and family members that remain...

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