Be the help By Erica Fanning

When I was younger I would always like to make little adventures around my neighborhood. My favorite one would be to climb the big green trees in my front yard. I could never get to the top without my mom stopping me and telling me to get down before I broke a bone. She has always been paranoid of anything happening to me or my siblings. Everytime she sawa risk in anything I did, she would stop me. According to Teen Mental Health, 1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness. That’s 20% of our population. A mental illness makes everyday things in life hard, like work, school, and socializing. Mental illnesses are associated with stress and/or problems with family, work, or friends. In the book Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, a mother suffers from paranoia PTSD after suddenly losing her son and husband in an accident. She then tells her daughter she is allergic to everything so she then can’t leave the house. This then protects her daughter from any little risk of anything happening to her.. In the book Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, a mother who suffered from PTSD, trapped her daughter from living her life for 18 years. PTSD is very hard to treat, while on the other hand anxiety and depression compared to PTSD is easier to treat.

Anxiety is a feeling of being worried, nervous, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, but only one third of those who are diagnosed receive treatment. Anxiety can be treated with professional help or independently. There is no one most effective way to treat anxiety, it depends on your diagnoses. Every person reacts to treatments differently, what matters is that a professional examines your symptoms and makes a treatment plan that works for you, but a lot of people use the same ways. Taking care of your body like getting the nutrition and sleep that you need will help treat anxiety. Also staying away from caffeine, smoking and alcohol will also help treat anxiety because it keeps you calm instead of all hyped up. Managing your body is the first priority throughout being treated for anxiety. Depression is very similar to anxiety for ways of treatment. Depression is the feeling of being dejected and despondency. According to Mental Health America, depression affects more than 16 million American adults every year. Someone can also treat depression through maintaining their body better, but usually people who are diagnosed with depression go to a therapist. A therapist would help someone with depression to cope with their feelings and change behaviour patterns that could be causing depression. Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental illnesses in America and both have similar ways to be treated, but not all mental illnesses are that easy to treat.

In the book Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, a girl lives her whole life inside her house because she was told, by her mother, she was allergic to everything. The daughter later finds out that she never had a mental illness, it was only perceived as a physical illness. The whole time it was just her mother being overprotective of her. Her mother was traumatized after losing her husband and son in a car crash, whose PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) made her too overprotective and paranoid of anything taking her daughter away from her. PTSD is a mental illness that is triggered by a terrifying event, either experiencing it or witnessing it. According to ScienceDaily, PTSD is very hard to treat because you can’t unsee anything. Research has shown that the most effective way to treat PTSD is cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a short term and goal oriented therapy. Its goal is to change patterns of behavior and thinking that are behind people's problems that cause their PTSD.

After reading many articles about mental illnesses, my thinking has changed a lot. At first I thought that all of them were very easy to treat just by going on medication or by a couple therapy sessions, but it really depends on what treatment works best for the person. I read many articles but two stood out to me. On the first article, which was written by NPR, it was about how pets help treat patients who suffer from anxiety and depression disorders. Before reading this article I would have never thought that pets would be able to help solve a problem for someone in their life because they don’t speak. The patients said they felt a connection with the pets that helped them calm down and feel safe. According to The New York Times, a woman who was diagnosed with depression was helped through seeing movies because it was easy to ditch reality with. She had been sleep deprived and lonely from previous events. Her doctors suggested her to go.

The second article, written by US News, it talked about the issue of how people with mental disorders are often looked at differently. Although this article never changed my thinking because I never looked at people with mental disorder that way. I thought the article brought attention to the issue. Although people who are diagnosed with mental disorders may look at things differently they definitely don’t appear differently to us and should be treated the same way as others. After reading the book Everything Everything, I would have never known how serious mental illnesses could get. To the point where a women feels the need to protect her daughter from everything that could ever happen to her in life. Reading articles and the book about mental illnesses has definitely changed my thinking about them and brought attention to mental illnesses for me. Overall, my thinking has really changed since the beginning of the unit. From thinking that mental disorders were easy to deal with to finding out they could take months maybe even years to overcome.

A mental disorder is a diagnoses made by a professional of a behavioral or mental pattern that could cause suffering or bad ability to function in life. Some mental disorders are easier to treat while other are harder, for example anxiety and depression compared to PTSD. Having a mental disorder is hard to cope with, and taking a couple medications and therapy sessions won’t change that. Most treatments to mental disorders are long term and take awhile to even improve. What can you do to help someone with a mental illness? The first step is to recognize that someone has a mental disorder, although it may be very difficult, it's an essential step that must happen. Being someone who they could turn to incase of need, a breakdown, or even just to talk. Providing a person with information of the mental illness can help them admit they have a problem which could then lead to them seeking help. Being someone who does these three little things and many more could help someone cope with and/or overcome a mental illness. Be that someone.

Being someone who does these three little things and many more could help someone cope with and/or overcome a mental illness. Be that someone.

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