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An Illness You Can’t See – Is It Real?

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Everybody suffers with some form of mental health illness at some point in their life, and some don’t even realise what’s going on! For others however, it’s not as simple as feeling low for an extended period of time, and their mental health issues take over their life. Anxiety and depression are the main two culprits in mental health problems, and they can leave sufferers feeling lost, hopeless, and very alone. The question that’s upon many peoples lips is whether or not mental health issues are a real illness? Since you can’t see it, and have no idea it exists until the person comes forward, is it real?

Yes. Just because you can’t see mental health problems, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t there and that the person suffering isn’t really struggling to make it through each day. Even though you can’t necessarily see the illness, you can notice some of its symptoms if you look closely enough:

  • Not wanting to be alone, yet not wanting to be around anyone either.
  • Wanting to be productive and take control of your life, yet being unable to get out of bed.
  • Speaking faster or slower than normal.
  • Unusual body movements such as twitches and arms flinging often indicate someone is suffering with anxiety and are trying to ground themselves.
  • Seeming more distant and in their thoughts than normal.

While there are a plethora of other symptoms of anxiety and depression that you could be looking out for, there are also things that you could be doing to help either yourself if you’re suffering, or a loved one that needs a helping hand:

  • First of all, encouraging your loved one, or making yourself go and speak to your GP about your mental health problems is the first port of call. Even if you don’t want to take medication for your problems, your Doctor will be able to help you relieve yourself of the symptoms.
  • Looking at lifestyle attributes that might be contributing towards the way you’re feeling. Things like alcohol and drug abuse will make a huge impact on your brain, and quitting will also help restore the natural balance in your brain.
  • Buying aids such as Hush blankets to help you sleep and help relieve anxiety will help you live as much of a normal life as possible.
  • Eating cleaner will also help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. Did you know that junk food can be a huge contributor in the chemical imbalance in your brain that causes these symptoms? Cutting out junk food and eating wholly nutritious food will make you feel better both mentally and physically.
  • Speaking to a loved one about your problems can help take it off your chest. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved.

There are many other treatments and relief for anxiety and depression, but you should always remember that you’re not alone in the way you’re feeling!

To sum up, just because you can’t necessarily see depression and anxiety, it doesn’t mean it’s not totally real for many people in the world. Let’s break the stigma against mental health and fight it as one.


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