Mental health is a big topic in today’s world. It’s becoming more prevalent in today’s society. According to Black Dog Institute, one in five (20%) of Australians between the ages of 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. This statistic is quite high.
Statistics aside, as a society we seem to view the mind a little different to the rest of the body. What do I mean? In general, we’re quite comfortable to go to the Chiropractor if our back is sore or the Podiatrist to check out our feet, Cardiologist for our heart, yet we seem to be reluctant to visit a psychologist, counsellor or psychiatrist for our mind.
Our mind is like the rest of our body. It’s just another body part that from time to time needs some fine tuning and a little bit of “help”. Nothing more and nothing less. I am aware of the stigma attached to mental health in our society, however I think by changing our view of the mind, we can start to shift those attitudes. I’m not getting away from the fact that mental health can be complicated and difficult to understand, however surely if we viewed the mind like we did the rest of our body then we may start to be comfortable to seek some professional assistance.
It’s quite of weird to think that if you had a broken arm, then because people can see your physical limitation, they accept it. However, explain to someone you have chronic fatigue or a mental illness and because they can’t see what your “illness” is, they question its existence. Some even run the other way.
It’s that behaviour and attitude which we need to change. Our mind is a very powerful thing which drives us to achieve many great things and can also be very destructive to us. It can be our best friend or our worst enemy. We shouldn’t be afraid of it and we shouldn’t be afraid to seek help for it.
I’ve suffered depression before and I took antidepressants. I also saw a psychologist. Whilst I was able to move out of depression and off antidepressants, I continue to still see my psychologist. Why, you ask? It’s like this. I’ve been there before and I don’t want to go back. I also recognise my mind can take me to a dark place through my thought patterns and I want to keep it away from there. I want my mind to be strong. I want my mind to be rational. Most importantly, I want my mind to lead me to great things. So just as a chiropractor is for my back, a podiatrist is for my feet and a cardiologist is for my heart, so a psychologist is for my mind. And I’m very comfortable with that.
Do you view your mind as just another body part?? How do you feel about getting some “help” for it??