Why Are Mental Disorders Still Taboo?
Mental health problems are real, with more people experiencing them than one can imagine. With America being in the midst of pitfalls arising from the ongoing economic uncertainty, declining social services, as well as the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, the country is fighting a serious mental health crisis. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “mental disorders are common throughout the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year, and that, overall, only about half of those affected receive treatment.”
Studies have shown that mental illnesses tend to assume many forms, making it difficult for doctors to devise any single treatment method to deal with such diverse disorders. At times, even patients lack the motivation to seek remedy due to the fear of being misunderstood or ridiculed. Sadly, millions of people worldwide are facing devastating symptoms of mental disorders, but, most of them do not receive any treatment due to the attached stigma and shame.