What Is Mental Health?
What is Mental Illness
Put simply, it’s a malfunction in the brain, caused by either a hormonal imbalance or a physical trauma. This affects how the brain cells react together.
On the outside, to other people, nothing may seem unusual, but how the person thinks may be different. This can be ranging from speech to how they see the world or think.
Autism, which is what I have, is a form of mental illness. I like to describe autism as the difference between a PC and a MAC, one being neurotypical the other being an autistic person. They both do the same tasks; they just deal with them differently.
Severely mentally disabled people may need a lot of support. Others may just need some assistance with communication and relating to other people.
Mental illness has been recognised as far back as ancient Greece. It was not until the 18th century that mental illness began to be formally diagnosed. In 1883, the first listing of mental illness conditions was written, by Dr Emil Kräpelin, a psychiatrist.
Slowly, since then, mental illness has been more understood, although to get here today, we have had to undergo all sorts of barbarism, including drilling holes in the head and chaining up.
Since 2010 in the UK, Mental Disability has been formally recognised and protected by law, under the Equality Act 2010. Although this was a good start, it is poorly implemented with very little enforcement, unless you are either a trained solicitor or can afford one to support you.
Whilst agencies do exist, such as the Equality Advisory Support Service, they have very limited advisory only powers. Charities like MIND do offer some services to support people that have issues with day-to-day life, but due to Covid, their funds are extremely restricted.
Mental health has been highlighted since Covid and thankfully, more people are aware how easy it can be to suffer temporary mental health issues. Some of us are not that fortunate, and have a permanent long-term issue, which we must work around. Medications are available, which assist with coping, but at present, there is no magic bullet to cure mental illness permanently.
I strongly suggest that, if you can afford to, donate to your local mental health charity. In the UK the main one is MIND. I have put some links in the description for organisations both in America and Europe. I have also included the World Health Organisation mental health page.
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