There are a lot of hot topics on the internet lately, and one of the most recent came out of the horrible tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. Obviously, there was a lot going on and a lot that we will never know due to the nature of what occurred, but one topic that emerged from the whole ordeal was that of mental illness and emotional disorders.
Mental illness and emotional disorders touch everyone. They are painful, sad realities to deal with for both the person with the disorder and those who surround them. They can be hard to diagnose, and difficult to access sufficient resources for treatment.
Mental illnesses and emotional disorders are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association. They include clinical syndromes (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc), developmental disorders (autism, MR, Asperger’s, etc), and personality disorders (Paranoid, Antisocial, and Borderline types).
If you know someone who struggles with mental illness and emotional disorders, here are three L’s that you can follow:
1. Love them. People who struggle with these have a harder time loving themselves because they view themselves as “broken” or “tarnished.” So show them exactly how much you love them.
2. Learn from them. We always have something to learn from everyone in our lives. People with emotional and/or mental disorders are no exception.
3. Live with them. I’m not necessarily saying that you need to move in with them. I’m saying enjoy life with them. Spend time together without making them feel helpless. It’ll mean the world to them!
How have mental illness and emotional disorders touched the lives of you and your loved ones? Share your thoughts, start a conversation.
by Marti Wormuth
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Wishing everyone a healthy mind.