Whispered about and covered up for decades, mental illness in America is beginning to lose some of its stigma. As celebrities, and even everyday people begin to talk about their struggles publicly, the more awareness is gained.
How do you overcome these stereotypes and stigmas in your own life so that you can get the help you need to live your best life? The staff at Legacy Freedom of Charlotte, NC wants to help you face your illness head on with dignity.
Imagine someone believing unreliable information about your mental illness. It seems cruel, but it happens quite often. In fact, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that about 22 percent of Americans suffer from mental health problems. More than half of them do not seek treatment. When asked why, the most common response was fear of being labeled ‘crazy’ by their peers.
Not only do stigmas keep people from getting treated, it can also affect a person’s healing process. In serious cases, friends and family can reject a loved one if they are not educated on their illness and do not understand how to support their loved one. This can be a slippery slope for the patient since social and family support is a key to the recovering process.
So, how can you cope with stigma?
- The best thing to do is get educated. Understand your illness and your diagnosis. Work with your therapist to help you explain and respond to common questions about your diagnosis.
- Be open about your condition. Trying to hide your mental illness and suffer in silence will only lead people judge you more and understand you less.
- Words can hurt more than people realize. Have a plan to deal with negative reactions so that you can cope with these interactions in a positive and healthy way. Understand that their negative reaction to you says more about them than it does you.
- People are people no matter how they differ from you. Become an advocate for those with mental illness. Sometimes, by helping others we help ourselves the most. Ask your therapist to connect you with support and outreach groups in your community.
- Educate your community on how to deal with people with mental illness. Many people feel like people with mental illness should just be institutionalized or segregated from society.
- Remember you are more than your diagnosis. Choosing to embrace your diagnosis rather than hide it will help those around you accept and adapt to your needs based on your mental illness.
The stigma surrounding mental illness will never go away on its own, it is up to us to educate ourselves and others, and to help carry each other when people cannot do it themselves anymore.
Legacy Freedom - Affordable Mental Health Facilities in Charlotte, NC
At Legacy Freedom we understand the needs of our patients and the challenges that they face in their everyday lives. We believe it is important to empower our patients and prepare them for the daily interactions that can damage their recovery and healing processes. Our customizable approach to healing allows us to treat the whole person, not just your mental illness.
Whether you are in crisis, looking for a new therapeutic approach or are unsure of where to turn, Legacy Freedom is here to help. Our dedicated and highly trained staff is ready to assist you in choosing the best mental health therapist for you and creating a therapeutic pathway that leads you to long-term success and health.
When you are ready, we are here. Your journey begins with a simple phone call. Come see what makes Legacy Freedom different and why we're one of the best mental health facilities in Charlotte, NC.