Studies and treatments for mental illnesses have come a long way since the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but they are still far from perfect. Sure, scientists aren’t measuring the skull anymore to determine intelligence, but there is still a huge controversy between mental health and physical health.
Society has always payed more attention to physical health and taken it more seriously than mental health. Some people don’t even believe that many mental illnesses exist. But what is the stigma? Mental health is extremely important and a daily battle that so many people face, yet many that have not experienced mental illness believe that people make it up, choose to feel that way, are weak, or just can’t control themselves. However, this is untrue, and mental health is something that should always be acknowledged as much as physical health.
A line should not exist between physical health and mental health. After all, the brain is part of the body. Physical health has been focused on so that few advances in treating mental illnesses have been made. Physical and mental health coexist and impact each other. Studies have shown that the two coincide and can cause the other. From young to old mental illnesses affect a variety of people in different ways and everyone deserves to have the treatment they need. Physical health issues are often more apparent, but just because mental illnesses aren’t always visible, doesn’t mean that they don’t exist or should be taken less seriously and receive less treatment.
All in all, health is ultimately important whether it be physical or mental health. Both should be taken seriously and deemed as a crucial and necessary part of life. Because the stigma around mental health continues, it is important that people know that mental health is equally as important as physical health and they should both be treated sufficiently.
If you or a loved one is suffering from mental illness or suicidal thoughts, speak to a counselor, someone you trust, a therapist, contact the National Alliance of Mental Illness at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)