I think mental health treatment should be treated more seriously, it is a silent killer. In my opinion the more people with untreated mental illnesses, the more deaths due to suicide and the more violent acts against society. We should all be required to go through a psychological evaluation annually, this way we won't lose more of our friends, family members and co-workers.
Mental health issues are often the reason behind violent acts. Problems with mental health can also cause depression and mood changes, which negatively affects relationships and a person's ability to work full time. People often see mental illness as a shameful condition that shouldn't be discussed in public. However, it's time to be more open about conditions of the mind so they can be treated effectively.
In general, people are often reluctant to talk about mental health issues. It is uncomfortable to think that a loved one or friend may be bipolar or be severely depressed. However, these and other mental illnesses great affect a person's mood and actions. Since everyone in society is connected in some way, the actions of one person can affect an entire community. This is especially concerning if a mentally ill individual's actions are dangerous. Mental illnesses is a health problem that should be properly addressed and treated, just like other health concerns like cancer.
I work closely with patients who suffer with mental illness and I do honestly believe that if some of the patients had , had help earlier on , they would not be living in a med secure unit!! It's only been in the last 20 years really that it's become more recognised as a genuine illness and not just someone that is "odd " !!
Mental illness untreated leads to : Suicide, Self Harm, Addiction, misuse of substances, violence, murder, depression the list goes on!!
Help needs to be more readily , easily found and GPs should refer more to specialist rather than just dishing out pills after a 5 min conversation. Very sad that some people will never get the strength to seek help, thus either living a life of misery , or maybe doing something horrible, just to get help :(
Unfortunately, those with mental health disorders are often overlooked by society until something goes terribly wrong. We need to de-stigmatize the fact that mental disorders happen and start getting help for the people who need it. We also need to stop being afraid to speak up. Too many times we know a person is going to cause trouble but we allow it to happen because we don't want to say something about it.
Any variation, the smallest variation even in thought or behavior could if someone wanted to look for it be correlated to variations in neurochemistry.
However, the psychiatric industry does NOT practice humility. Any correlation is instantly assumed to mean causation. A lack of 100% correlation is ignored and the media promotes conversations about it as if the physical changes correlated always cause symptoms even when studies show merely a heightened risk and not an absolute 100% correlation.
There have been studies where people had their serotonin levels deliberately lowered in order to see if they would become depressed. They did not become depressed. This study was completely ignored. What this proves is that the way people think about and the way society talks about mental health issues is biased towards what powerful and wealthy interests want us to think about it and towards what ever is the most sensational.
Human minds can NOT and should NOT be entrusted to decide how everyone else's brain or mind should work. People have evolved to have different minds and different brains. Humankind is playing with fire trying to change this. With advances in technology and with people sheepishly buying into mental illness narratives we are at risk of a dystopian future where the state pushes a universal mental type on everybody.
Science is only capable of proving matters of what is how physical things work. Science can NOT prove that one difference is better than another difference. That is and always will be a subjective value judgment. Forcing everyone to change their minds to conform to some authority's definition of 'mental health' will give a small clique of people special privileges in deciding how all people are to think.
Your brain is the most personal aspect of yourself. To deny people the right to their own brain is to deny the validity of the very idea of property rights in the first place. If you do not have the right to your own mind then you have no rights.
They will try to scare you say that my ideas are supporting anarchy or supporting letting 'crazy' people run amock. Yet I am not. I propose that instead of pretending like we're concerned for people's mental health we practice some good old-fashioned honesty. The true concern is public safety. So criminalize behaviors that show that a person is a threat to public safety. Lock them up. I am not against that. However I am against forced treatment. If the person would rather just sit in their cell without treatment then it is their mind and body NOT the state's. We should offer them treatment as a condition of parole or probation yet even then they should be allowed to work with their attorney to explore alternative treatments instead of limiting it to one specific option. And only those truly dangerous, only those who are violent should be subjected to this.