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Should We Be Talking More About Mental Health?

Should We Be Talking More About Mental Health? / Blog Simplicity in Vogue / @ByAndreaB - wellbeing, wellness, mental health, depression, anxiety, lifestyle blogger

Everyone feels anxious, sad, stressed or worried from time to time. But there are plenty of people who go through long, drawn-out periods of feeling these things - many of whom are in the disabled community, and many others who are not.

When you have a disability, it’s not hard for people to see the connections between physical and mental health. After all, with physical disabilities, there are a lot of challenges in front of you that can have a serious impact on your life. However, those with mental health difficulties who are able-bodied have a rough time of it, too, and there is still a stigma attached to the subject in more ways than one.

The big question is - should we be talking more about mental health? Given the impact it can have - not just on people but their families, too - it’s hard to see why this would be a bad idea. Here are a few of the challenges everyone with mental health problems - disabled or not - can have to endure for extended periods of their lives.
 

Lack of work

Things have got a lot better for disabled people in the workplace in recent years, but there is still a long, long way to go. But there is a lot more room for improvement when it comes to mental health. If you only have one leg, most people will give you a break. But if you are missing an important part of your brain function, nobody really gets it. And the reality is that Social Security, Medicaid and even insurance cover such as a Short Term Disability plan may not cover all living expenses in times of crisis - if you even qualify. And when people have financial worries, those mental health difficulties increase - it’s like a vicious circle.

Depression and isolation

As a disabled person, it’s very hard to avoid feeling down about your condition from time to time - and very easy to isolate yourself during these difficult periods. The trouble is that doing this is creating the exact conditions where depressions can worsen, and mental illness can thrive. Loneliness is currently being linked to all kinds of health concerns, from premature death through to depression and dementia, and heart disease through to immune system problems. Whether you are disabled or not, it’s vital that you get some help. But what, exactly, can you do?

Should We Be Talking More About Mental Health? / Blog Simplicity in Vogue / @ByAndreaB - wellbeing, wellness, mental health, depression, anxiety, lifestyle blogger

Getting help

Living with mental health problems doesn’t have to mean a lower quality of life - although it does mean managing your problems. It's vital to speak to your doctor, of course, who may point you in the direction of a therapist. Don’t be ashamed of doing this. If you break your arm, you need a plaster cast to help your body repair. A therapist will give you the tools you need to repair your mind - there’s no difference when you boil it down like that. Exercise is a good way of boosting your endorphins, too, which is great for fighting against stress and depression. And finally, trying to find some social outlets will help you stop being isolated and give you some interest in the world. Let’s hear and talk more about mental health!

Should We Be Talking More About Mental Health? / Blog Simplicity in Vogue / @ByAndreaB - wellbeing, wellness, mental health, depression, anxiety, lifestyle blogger


What are your thoughts about it? Do you suffer from any mental health issue or know someone who does? I would love to hear from you in the comments! 

See you soon! :)

xx,
Andrea

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