Removing the Mental Health Stigma: Its Okay to Not Be Okay
Written by Craig Rogers, in Section Parent Resources
Years ago, teens and young adults who were identified as having mental health problems meant that they inevitably suffered some level of shame or humiliation.
Perceived as different or not “normal,” they were often ridiculed by their peers, and in some cases, over-medicated, driving the already struggling teen’s health into an even more damaged state. However, as science and society have evolved, this is no longer the case. More and more, young adults and teens are finding support through their peers. Although those suffering from mental health challenges may not be in the most ideal situation, most people now consider therapy and counseling to be a normal part of living. In fact, getting help for mental health issues like depression and anxiety no longer comes with stigma it used to, and with therapeutic intervention, it’s entirely possible to heal.
Accepting Who You Are is the Key to Change
Given that therapy and counseling are such prevalent practices in our society, it only makes sense that much of the mental health stigma now lies not with those on the outside, but rather with those afflicted. Of course, there will always be a few stragglers who need little more education about mental health challenges, for the most part, it’s those who are actually suffering from who exhibit the most concern. Through the use of therapeutic intervention – like, for instance, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or group psychoeducational therapy – those who are need to work through their depression and anxiety can learn about some of the different aspects of their mental and emotional functioning. In turn, this helps them to better understand themselves, and once a person gets a better understanding of who they are, they are often more receptive to change.
What could be the ultimate step in overcoming the mental health stigma?
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