Mental Health issues are more common than diabetes or even cancer. Everyone experiences it at least once in their lifetime. Even though it affects millions, only about half will actually look for help. Men are the least likely to get treatment. I’m sure that has nothing to do with the stigma surrounding masculinity….LOL. Boys are taught to be “manly men”. Hide your emotions, don’t cry, don’t be a baby. It’s all bullshit. Boys need help the same way that girls do. There’s NO SHAME in admitting you are struggling and need help that you can’t give yourself. A study done in 2019 showed that only 19.2% of people in America received Mental Health Treatment. It makes me sad as hell, so many people out there raw-dogging the shit out of life. I’ve tried that. It sucks.
I have a long history with therapy. The first time I went was after my parents got divorced, and I remember this board game about kids of divorce. Kinda funny, right? It didn’t help me very much. I think I was too young to get any real help out of it. I went back in middle school when I started self-harming, and I continued to go to her for a very long time. There’s a difference in the feelings on therapy when it comes to my generation and my parent’s generation. The older generation believes that it’s a weakness, but we all know that’s fucking wrong. Therapy is a game-changer for anyone who is struggling emotionally. Research shows that it works, and people simply don’t go. John Hopkins conducted a study that shows that just a few sessions with a therapist can bring down someone’s risk of suicide. Mental Health has become a crisis in our country. People aren’t getting the help they need, and it shows.
I am pro-therapy. It’s nice to sit across from someone who wants to help you, not judge you. We all need an outlet. Bottling things up does no one any good. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in our country. According to research, it’s about 113 people a day. People with Bipolar disorder are at a much higher risk of committing suicide, which scares the shit out of me. It is, and always will be, important to understand the different Mental Health Disorders that are out there. Knowledge is power. We need to become more aware of what these look like and what can happen when untreated.
Here are a few of the statistics I found about Mental Health treatment.
- Treatment in general: Men (13.4%), & Women (24.7%)
- Medication: Men (10.7%), & Women (20.6%)
- Therapy/Counseling: Men (7.2%), & Women (11.7%)
Now, let’s look at the different types of Mental Illnesses and how common they are.
- Major Depressive Disorder: 8.4% (21 Million)
- Schizophrenia: <1% (1.5 Million)
- Bipolar Disorder: 2.8% (7 Million)
- Anxiety Disorder: 19.1% (48 Million)
- PTSD: 3.6% (9 Million)
- OCD: 1.2% (3 Million)
- Borderline Personality: 1.4% (3.5 Million)
It makes me sad to think about how expensive it is to get help. The biggest problem when it comes to therapy is the lack of accessibility. It shouldn’t be as hard as it is to get help. No one goes through life without experiencing pain or struggles. I hope our society shifts its attention to Mental Health and helps treatment become more accessible.
There is peace in opening up and letting your problems go. I think that if you are trying to decide whether or not to go to therapy…you should go. If it’s hurting enough to ask that question, then you need to be proactive. If I could afford it, I would be seeing someone. I’m just in no position. But if you are, then please go see someone. You will not get anywhere by holding everything in.
Stop being scared. Get help.
I believe the world would be a better place if we paid more attention to mental health.
Our world is messed up.
Our world may never be at peace, but we can find our own peace.