Adult mental health is not talked about often because there is a harmful stigma around illnesses such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. But that's just it–a stigma is viewing something in a negative way due to a false understanding of the subject. It doesn't have to be that way, though.
Just How Overlooked is Adult Behavioral Health?
Although mental health is gaining some attention these days when it comes to teenagers, not enough attention is being put toward mental health within adults.
Approximately 1 in every 5 adults in the country experiences a mental illness in any given year. 1 in 25 adults in the country experience a serious mental illness that severely interferes with their day to day lifestyle. 20.2 million adults in the U.S. experienced a substance use disorder, and 50.5% of them had a mental illness at the same time. Finally, only 41% of American adults with mental illness received any help at all.
The Stigma Around Adult Mental Illness
Stigmatizing anything will inevitably lead to discrimination, which can either be explicitly stated in regards to your mental health or your treatment, or it can be subtle. Subtle discrimination can be demonstrated when someone avoids you because they assume the worst about you as a result of your mental illness.
Some Harmful Effects of the Mental Health Stigma
We have witnessed many effects that result from the harmful view on adult mental illness. Among them are your family and/or friends not understanding you, bullying or harassment, and your personal belief that you will not succeed or improve your mental health.
This often leads to self-judgment and hate, as well as resulting behavioral health problems such as depression, or in some cases, chemical dependencies such as alcohol and drug abuse and addiction.
Sacred Oak Medical Center Fights The Discrimination With Our Outpatient Programs
At Sacred Oak Medical Center, we are dedicated to offering help to those suffering mental illness through our behavioral health outpatient programs, in which we offer both an Intensive Outpatient Program as well as a Supportive Outpatient Program. You are not your illness, and we will work with you to help you walk your path to recovery. Please contact us today for more information.