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Transcript of Mental Health
By Emily Boudreau, Svetlana Charest, Britney Coffin, and Nicole Plummer
Stigma is the real problem
What is a stigma?
"a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person."
Synonyms include words like shame, dishonor and humiliation.
Can you think of examples of the stigma against those who suffer from mental illnesses?
Much like discrimination most of these stigmas stem from ignorance. People who are not informed or educated on mental illnesses make incorrect assumptions about those who suffer from it. The media has a lot of blame attached to them as well. A person that suffers with a mental illness is usually portrayed as "crazy or "dangerous" in the news, TV shows, movies...etc. This is horrible and only makes their suffering worse.
What can you do to end the stigma?
Just like anything else, you should always take fact into consideration before judging or making assumptions. Ending the stigma can be easy as correcting yourself and others when they label people who suffer from mental illness. Talk about it, educate yourself and begin to understand it. Most people don't know the importance of having people to support them.
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
- Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird.
"A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person's thinking, feeling or mood and may affect and his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis."
- Definition from the National Alliance of Mental Illness
27% of Canadians are fearful of being around people who suffer from serious mental illness.
-Canadian Medical Association
Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
-Canadian Medical Association
1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life.
-Canadian Institute of Health Research
At this very moment, some 3 million Canadians are suffering from depression.
If physical illness was treated like Mental illness...
Mood disorders are "a psychological disorder characterized by the elevation or lowering of a person's mood"
Two examples include depression and bipolar disorder.
Mood disorders don't have a single cause but often stems from a history of mental illness in a person's immediate family.
People who have depression find themselves feeling down "down", hopeless and find it hard to have fun and be happy. Some people describe it as feeling "numb" all of the time.
Depression has an impact on your emotions and it takes a toll on your physical health. People experience body pain that they can't explain, severe headaches, trouble sleeping and eating.
Depression often begins during the ages 15-30 but has can effect children at even younger ages.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.
Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder characterized by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression.
During a manic episode, a person might act impulsively. During a depressive episode, the same person might be too tired to get out of bed, and full of self-loathing and hopelessness.
Much like Depression, Bipolar Disorder is often diagnosed between the teenage and early adulthood years.
An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.
Types of Anxiety Disorders include Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, OCD and Phobias.
Although it is not known why some people experience Anxiety Disorders, some psychologists believe that childhood experiences can also contribute to anxiety.
Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population in Canada, causing mild to severe impairment.
Why are we such a burn out generation?
Obsessive compulsive disorder
a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation.
People with Schizophrenia might hallucinate and hear voices. They often can't tell the difference between their hallucinations and real life as shown in the clip below for "A Beautiful Mind".
Impacts 1% of the Canadian population.
Men tend to develop the illness earlier than women, 52% of the hospitalization occurs during the ages 25-44 while women being treated begin symptoms later in life.
an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.
Usually stems from a traumatic childhood event.
Three most common are arachnophobia (fear of spiders), ophidiophobia (fear of snakes), acrophobia (fear of heights).
Phobia's effect many people.
Do you have a phobia? A common one? A weird one? If so do you know the reason behind it?
is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry (obsessions), repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety (compulsions), or a combination of such obsessions and compulsions.
OCD can affect anyone at anytime. Researchers don’t know exactly what causes OCD, but there are likely many different factors involved, such as family history, biology, and life experiences.
OCD impacts 2% of the population making it more popular than Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder.