Jun 26 2014

Is The Stigma of Having a Mental Health Issue Creating a Barrier to Your Getting Treatment? Your Life Is In Your Own Hands

PrintVol. 263, June 26, 2013

In an article published in HealthDay, (Feb. 26, 2014)reporter, Mary Elizabeth Dallas shares the distressing fact that 75% of all of those affected in Europe and the United States, which amounts to 25% of the population, never receive treatment for these disorders of decompensation. Psychosis, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety all get worse over time if left untreated.

Dr. Ghaham Thornicroft, senior study author, at the Institute of Psychiatry of King’s College, London, stated in a press release “The profound reluctance to be “a mental health patient” means people will put off seeing a doctor for months, years if ever at all, which in turn delays their recovery.” I would say one would be lucky if a delay in recovery were the worse that can happen for many lose their lives to mental illness.

For the study, published Feb. 25 in Psychological Medicine, the researchers collected information from 144 studies involving 90,000 people around the world. Young people, minority group members, members of the military and health care professionals were most affected by the stigma associated with mental health issues. Many thought they could handle the problem on their own or didn’t believe they needed help at all.

Stigma ranked as the fourth highest of 10 barriers to care. Besides the stigma of using mental health services for being treated for mental illness, the participants also reported feelings of shame and embarrassment as reasons for not seeking care. Others were afraid to let anyone know they have a mental health issue or were concerned about confidentiality. Some people with mental illness either felt they could handle their problem on their own or believed they didn’t need help. Among those most affected by the stigma associated with mental illness were young people, those from minority ethnic groups, members of the military and health care professionals.

Studies aside, I decided to de-stigmatize my own battle with bipolar over 20 years ago. I no longer am negatively affected by this illness having found hypnotic techniques to clear the issues that created it. I found those techniques in the effort to find a better way for my own clients to heal them. I knew the damage that the conventional drug dependent, bodily harming medications that I was put on didn’t get rid of the underlying issues. Since January 5th of 2005 I have been successfully medication and psychiatrist free – with my ex-psychiatrist’s blessings. Because you see, running away from a problem will never help you, it could well kill you, but it will not help you. One has to confront the problem head on willing to do “whatever it takes” to create a life that is free of these problems thus allowing a beautiful light to shine in one’s heart and mind going forward. This isn’t to say that I don’t have my distressing or challenging times. I live in the world the way anyone does. However, my life is filled with love and gratitude for all that I am able to do with a grounded state of being and the knowledge of knowing how to keep myself in a centered and functional place regardless of what is happening in my own life or in the world at large. Since being cleared of bipolar I have gone through a divorce after a 20+ year marriage remaining friendly toward my ex, treatment for a brain tumor and a broken ankle. There have been many financial ups and downs over this time as well. On the positive side I have been blessed to bring my work to two different African countries working on three separate projects, written four books and created over a dozen MP3 recordings of hypnotic meditations in addition to the healing work I continue to do with my clients.

So, I would venture to say that there is help out there for anyone who is willing to do what it takes to get the illness in the past, knowing that your future can bring untold gifts into your world, perhaps even an opportunity to serve at the highest levels, only if you are willing to confront your own self and do the healing work required, because drugs don’t heal, and no one can do it for you.

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