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MENTAL ILLNESS AND SOCIETY

The first signs of mental health problems will differ from person to person and are not always easy to spot. In many cases of moderate depression or anxiety – the most common mental health problems – the person becoming distressed may not display symptoms, or may seek to hide them because they worry about what others will say or think about them. The signs can often be more noticeable to other people first: for instance, if your mood starts changing, it may take some time for you to become aware of it; other people may be much more conscious of the difference. Some common early signs of a mental health problem are:
Losing interest in activities and tasks that were previously enjoyed.
Poor performance at work.
Mood swings that are very extreme or fast and out of character for you.
Self-harming behaviour, such as cutting yourself.
Changes in eating habits and/or appetite: over-eating, bingeing, not eating.
Loss of, or increase in, sexual desire.
Sleep problems.
Increased anxiety, looking or feeling ‘jumpy’ or agitated, sometimes including panic attacks.
Feeling tired and lacking energy.
Isolating yourself, socialising less; spending too much time in bed.
Wanting to go out a lot more, needing very little sleep, feeling highly energetic, creative and sociable, making new friends rapidly, trusting strangers or spending excessively – this may signal that you are becoming ‘high’.
Hearing and seeing things that others don’t.
Other differences in perception; for example, mistakenly believing that someone is trying to harm you, is laughing at you, or trying to take over your body.
All of these signs can vary in severity. Often they can be relatively minor, or pass quickly. However, if they are particularly severe or distressing, or continue for more than a short while, you may want to seek support. While this experience, particularly at first, is likely to be upsetting and create fear, it is a common human experience. Mental health problems can happen to anyone, at any time. For most people this will only be for a short period. If you are in mental distress, you may begin to doubt yourself and become desperately afraid you are going mad. You may question your ability to think and reason properly, and be afraid of becoming a danger to others or of being locked up in an institution. These fears are often reinforced by the negative way that people experiencing mental health problems are portrayed on TV, in books and by the media: you may also be scared of being seen as ‘mad’, of losing friends, family and freedom. These fears may stop you from talking about your problems. This, in turn, is likely to increase your distress and sense of isolation. There is a common, but misplaced belief that there’s a link between mental health problems and violent behaviour toward others. This is reinforced by excessive and inaccurate reporting of the dangers posed by people with psychiatric diagnoses, especially schizophrenia. However, the most common forms of mental distress have no significant link to violent behaviour. In fact, there are relatively few serious acts of violence committed by people in mental distress. Someone with a mental health problem is actually more likely to harm themselves than someone else; although, the majority of people with mental health problems do not harm themselves at all. People with serious mental illness are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than to commit one; for example, those diagnosed with psychosis are 14 times more likely to be victims.You may worry that if you become highly distressed you might hurt others or yourself. If you feel like this, it is important to contact a doctor, or a crisis service if necessary. If someone starts behaving in a way that suggests they may be suffering from a mental health problem, it’s vital that you are sensitive to their situation. Many people with mental health problems find it useful to have someone to talk to openly, when they are ready to do so: being available to listen is often the best way to help. However, sometimes opening up to friends and relatives is very difficult. Some people find it easier to communicate with someone who’s had a similar experience, or to a counsellor or therapist. If this is the case, then it is important to be supportive and as understanding as possible of this.

21 Responses to MENTAL ILLNESS AND SOCIETY

  • Belly Bang says:

    from I hear bout that shooter who murdered those children I suspected that Mental Health issues were in play. I am not saying it is an excuse, but still, we cant ignore it. We are too dismissive of those issues and we operate in a society where ‘everybody must man up” and man ah man etc etc. We have to support each other, reach out to each other and look out for each other, not just in terms of money and material things, but in terms of the person and his/her emotional well-being. How many men these days want a hug and cant get any cause women will look on them strange and society will call them sissies.

    How man people out there want someone to talk to, to release that burden that is riding them, but cant, either because they dont want to be labelled as mad or because of the ignorance and selfishness of people, those same people will “tek di news” and guh chat ah road.

  • Belly Bang says:

    This article is not about suss, but its something we all should read and appreciate its importance, especially those of us these day who place no value on love, communication, support, and caring :nohope

  • Tweet says:

    Morning all! I find America to be a very “isolating” society-many people don’t even have sufficient, basic human contact with others on a regular basis. For example, when yuh deh Jamaica, yuh can inna di bank line and just start chat wid somebody, just so…not the case here. Yuh have yuh likkle friends and yuh socialize in different venues, whether church, school, dance or whatever. Here, many people just inna dem likkle bubble and may not even have family close by, so dem no have nobody. All these things add to depression and other mental/emotional illnesses. We need to wake up and pay more attention to those around us, esp as Caribbean people- nuh just write it off say di person “dark” or dem “moody” or whatever other terms we may use. Sometimes we have to look beneath the surface. The stigma attached to mental illness needs to be eradicated.

  • BABYGIRL says:

    I agreed on all points, but sometimes this mental illness stem from childhood trauma and other tragedies. I belive that one of the problem in the US is everything have a diagnosis and thus a magic pill solution. Instead of helping people to deal with the roots of the issue that causes the mental illness diease, they are given medication and quick fix solutions. If there is one thing that I have come to realized is that real evil do exist. If a white man commit a crime for example, what just happen in Sandy Hook he is labeled crazy, if it was done by a black man he would be labeled a menace to society by a middle eastern he is labeled a terrorist. The same due investigation and consideration should be given to everyone regardless of who they are. Trying to justify such evil, as marely an act of mental illness is not always the answer. The frequency of the attacks and by the kind of perpetrators needs to be examined in detail….

  • soap opera says:

    met u sure know how to get the tears flowing, that’s my go to song when things not going right

  • Met says:

    soap opera a belly put it together oo

  • Observer says:

    I just can’t speak about this issue as it cuts so deep. I lived close by years ago. This shooter expects just what we’re saying to be said. He’s mentally ill, oh really?? Has he ever being seen by a psychologist, psychiatrist?? Has he ever had psychotic breaks?? These answers are no. I am still very angry and I can’t find any pardon for him right now. If him did live dem wudda put em inna psych ward wid em wikkid self kmt mi juss caw undastan dis

  • Belly Bang says:

    Authorities said Adam Lanza had no criminal history, and it was not clear whether he had a job. Lanza was believed to have suffered from a personality disorder, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Another law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Lanza also had been diagnosed with Asperger’s, a mild form of autism often characterized by social awkwardness.
    People with the disorder are often highly intelligent. While they can become frustrated more easily, there is no evidence of a link between Asperger’s and violent behavior, experts say. The law enforcement officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the unfolding investigation. Richard Novia, the school district’s head of security until 2008, who also served as adviser for the high school technology club, of which Lanza was a member, said he clearly “had some disabilities.”
    “If that boy would’ve burned himself, he would not have known it or felt it physically,” Novia said in a phone interview. “It was my job to pay close attention to that.”

  • Tweet says:

    Even though she dead,I can’t help not feeling sorry for the mother- apparently she kept a lot of guns in the house and even took him to the range to “improve his aim”, as she is quoted as saying. She know her son have emotional/mental problems and have guns in the houselike that and encouraging him to develop gun-related skills! Mi heart sink when mi read it, Jah know.

  • Belly Bang says:

    Mike Adams
    Natural News
    December 15, 2012

    Nearl0y every mass shooting that has taken place in America over the last two decades has a link to psychiatric medication, and it appears today’s tragic event is headed in the same direction. According to ABC News, Adam Lanza, the alleged shooter, has been labeled as having “mental illness” and a “personality disorder.” These are precisely the words typically heard in a person who is being “treated” with mind-altering psychiatric drugs.

  • Belly Bang says:

    Mi tell unno people, mental illness is real. Mind you, when white people commit these cruel acts, mental illness is quickly being sought as an explanation (though not an excuse).

    Now, how many blacks, especially here in Jamaica, have suffered some form of mental illness and have committed some outrageous crimes and no one has sought to look at that angle. A man who carries himself dirty, chat to himself and is injected once a month is easy to be labelled mental. But how many clean shaven, well dressed, bling out people out there who are suffering from some sort of mental problems???

  • BABYGIRL says:

    My thoughts exactly if anyone have comcast or ID TV there is an episode on Fatal Vows please to watch it. That is exactly what we r talking about now.

  • soap opera says:

    @ belly, big up yourself you are jack of all trades today……

  • Observer says:

    This is the thing with the news. They will speculate until proven facts are known. Since the beginning of this case, they has been pure speculation. His father said he was a quiet boy, his neighbor said he was very isolated yet another neighbor said he was weird. A close friend said he was like any other kid while another said he was always to himslef and very quiet while his babysitter said he was a normal kid with temper tantrums like any other. CONFLICTING STORIES SURROUNDING THIS MANIAC and as usual a psychologist somewhere will say his maniac actions proves he was “disturbed” oh hell with all that. HE WAS PURE EVIL and his “disturbance” was never treated or known by any specialist. As a lickle white raas duh sumthin dem bawl out seh em psycho em is a wikkid not a psycho

  • Observer says:

    Let me be very clear on saying that he could have been sought and treated. As it has been renounced numerous of times, his Mom was a very involved parent. Ok so maybe the signs missed her but his actions were very evident. He had temper tantrums at what age 20?? Are you serious??? This maniac grew up quite well, went to a “good” school, lived in a wonderful “broken” home which housed 4 high power rifles which by the way he was very well taught on how to aim, shoot and destroy.

    Mi suh bringle mi caw talk y em neva kill di mumma n den dun emself rite deh instead a drive guh kill off god’s children em fi enta hell 10 mor time

  • Met says:

    I dont even put on the news…talking about it makes me cry I cannot imagine..but i wudda chop his dead body to fuckin bits

  • Observer says:

    Met dat demon was juss a demon an dats wat mi wudda du tweem to met not a instution em is a wikkid weh deserve wors dan wat em give dem ppl deh

  • oh,well says:

    Mental health DOES need to be talked about. We must also get it out of our heads that people have to “look” crazy to be so. Because this boy was a honour student people chose to ignore the fact that he was socially inadequate. He was obviously a narcissist ( who always feel inadequate, but “mask” their inner feelings of rage and anger by appearing somewhat passive on the outside. However to live with one is a horror. People outside of the home will rarely believe you are talking about the same person).
    Where was this young man’s father? It looks like the mother alone had to deal with her child, whilst the father was living in denial as to his condition. Furthermore, this man was high functioning and had a job, so people may have taken that as a sign that he was normal. Most narcissists hide behind a veneer of respectability and responsibility. As did my immediate ex. Turns out that he is a child abuser who the police cannot prosecute because ONE of his daughters denies anything untoward has happened to her. The social services believe the accuser (as do I. Whilst living with me, the three of them, father and daughters exhibited too much of a weird dynamic.) Now he has moved onto a woman who has a girl child who apparently “loves” my ex. I am just waiting to hear something in the newspapers in a couple of years.
    So I have zero sympathy for the “mental Health” for this murderous fucker. He was no doubt very intelligent in spite of his apparent mental disability. I bet he gave his mother hell, blamed her for the divorce and manipulated her no end. He killed those kids to get back at his father. He killed his mother because he could. They need to bring back asylums and the mental health profession needs to talk more openly about borderline personalities and narcissistic personality disorder and the harm they cause to the people around them. The mental health industry are too scared to label children and youth as sociopathic, when some obviously are. We the public usually hear about these people AFTER they commit terrible crimes. We tend to sentimentalise children too. I think that has more to do with adult guilt than anything else. Well here is the result. Weak ass kids who were never told “no” and do not have good life coping strategies and are so easily offended. Coupled with a western media that idolises violence and is forever pushing the famous in our face, no matter how untalented they are. So if you are a nerd who is socially awkward and have no way in hell of being part of the “shiny” crowd you have to be strong to keep in your lane and excel there, but people are too follow fashion.
    But lets not be smug and think that this is only an American problem. Americans have always been armed to the gills. It’s the me, me , me I’m not to be blamed for anything wrong in my life, only God can judge me attitude that has infected the West and it’s dependant nations that has caused people who have had guns forever to pick them up and shoot up the place and innocents to cover their inadequacy and gain fame forever that has caused this crime. These kind of killings were not so common even thirty years ago.

  • Observer says:

    Let me clarify a few things. To date, HE DID NOT HAVE A JOB, HE WAS NEVER DIAGNOSED MEDICALLY WITH ANY FORM/TYPE OF MENTAL ILLNESS, HIS FATHER WAS VERY ACTIVE IN HIS LIFE UP UNTIL THE DIVORCE WHERE HE STILL KEEPS IN TOUCH WITH THE BOYS AND THIS CHILD WAS NO WHERE NEAR HIGH FUNCTIONING IN FACT HE WAS VERY MUCH ISOLATED IN PUBLIC.

    Maybe your ex is causing you to paint this picture of another but with all due respects I speak on the facts presented thus far. Retaliating on the children because he was upset at his father??? I highly doubt that, in fact he was very upset at his Mom as said earlier on in this investigation. He supposedly felt inferior to her “students” thus spilling this rage.

  • Bakkle says:

    There’s such a broad spectrum of illnesses that come under mental health . Some ppl have absolutely no symptoms till one day you read they committed suicide. The families or loved ones are always the last to accept there’s a problem. Many go undetected or ignored until tragedy strike like that Sandy Hook elementary school shooter. If you suspect it, make steps to intervene or treat it b4 you are someone you know gets hurt

  • Observer says:

    It has been said that his Mom thought the end of the world was near and that they were gonna be in a social war soon. She purchased the firearms and was in great preparation suh as fas as mi c di 2 a dem mawd di man man doah duh dem a ting em shudda dun har n emself n en it desso :rolleyes:

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