The world has definitely evolved especially as far as the conversation surrounding mental health is concerned.
Now, we have many celebrities coming forward and talking about their own struggles with maintaining a stable mental health condition on global media platforms, which is contributing massively towards creating awareness about the importance of diagnosing, accepting, and then seeking treatment for various mental health challenges.
However, while one may accept or even promote the concept of seeking help, for many people, accepting the fact that they may be facing a mental health issue is a very big step in itself, mostly because of the stigma associated with being mentally ill.
But, there are some very effective ways through which you can become more comfortable.
Understanding the Stigma
According to experts, since most of us want to be accepted by society, naturally, we are inclined towards meeting all of the expectations placed by society on us, which also includes having a stable emotional state especially in the case of men, as the stereotype attached with this gender proclaims masculinity to be emotionally strong.
That is why it is easier to simply hide any mental health challenges being faced by us. Also, seeking help has not been practiced until the past few decades.
Since time immemorial, the preferred remedy for any mental health issue such as depression or anxiety has been to push forward until the mind normalized itself. Whether that worked or not is an entirely different debate, but the practice is still very famous around the world.
Another struggle faced by many people is that they are unable to accept any mental health issue in front of their family because they wish to maintain that persona of strength and resilience, especially with the children.
For others, it is the fear of being judged at the workplace that keeps them from disclosing any mental problems, as they believe that by accepting any emotional instability they would face repercussions as bad as expulsion.
It is also very much possible that the mental health condition you are facing is causing you great discomfort and stopping you from discussing your issues with other people.
This is especially true in the case of people who are dealing with anxiety or depression, as they are oftentimes the most reluctant to disclose their mental state to other people, the former because they believe people might judge them, and the latter because they think there is no point in even attempting to find a solution as life won’t improve.
Research has shown that the more you talk about your mental health, the better it becomes. For starters, you should discuss things with your closest friends.
Then, you need to become a good listener and hear out the stories being narrated by other people, as that would show how everyone is facing challenges in their life and quite possibly offer you comfort about your own situation as well. This often leads to a conversation, allowing you a very healthy platform to talk about your mental health.