We live in a world that pays a lot of attention to physical illness while it ignores mental illness completely and often dismisses it as an exaggeration of the mind. Many of us that have struggled with mental illness of any form have experienced the callous way in which people, even those closest to us dismiss our feelings and tell us to “get over it”. In fact, in many cases, mental illness is even used as a way to insult people and push them aside. The problem is that there is very little education and awareness that is done about mental illness and therefore, the world remains in the dark about the terrible consequences of mental illness that has not been attended to. The sad reality is that it is only when a child or an adult commits suicide from not being able to handle life any longer that the world starts to take notice.
After the suicide
We often hear words like “we wish we had known”, “if only he had told us” when it comes to a person that has committed suicide but the truth is that in most cases, that person did tell people, they did try to reach pout but they were dismissed or the people they trusted the most did not bother to listen because they were too busy with their own busy everyday lives to take notice of an illness without visual symptoms. This does not mean that these people do not care or that they do not love the person concerned enough to take them to counselling or to get them professional help. It simply means that they do not have the education enough to identify that the person is in fact having a problem or that the words the person is speak is them asking for help.
You may not realize it but anxiety counselling is a very real thing and it can help the person that is suffering from anxiety or mental illness very much.These doctors have experience with people in similar circumstances and therefore they are able to identify the symptoms of mental illness even when you as a lay person cannot. It is vital that every one of us reads about the subject and learns to recognize the signs of depression and anxiety before it is too late and we have already lost someone that means so much to us. It is often said that depression is an invisible disease but the truth is, it is not. People just do not know what to look for.