Anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and other mental health problems are more common than most people realize. In fact, one in five Americans is affected by a mental health condition, according the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Few people talk about their mental health problems and instead suffer in silence. This silence may be because there is a perception in our country that having a mental health condition is a type of weakness. Some people believe that mental health problems can be overcome if a person simply tries harder to get better. This type of thinking leads those with mental health conditions to feel shame, and can keep them from seeking the help they need.
It’s time to change the stigma surrounding mental health conditions in America. The more we understand the causes and symptoms of mental health problems, the more we are able to show sympathy and compassion, and encourage others to seek the help they need. Talking about mental health is the best way we can change the stigma surrounding mental health in America.