Overcoming Mental Illness

The signs of depression and some things to try to overcome this. It is important that people know they are not alone.

Overcoming mental illness is sometimes often difficult to do. Especially if you feel like you are alone in this pursuit. There are many people out there with some form of mental illness. Whether it be a mild form of depression or a severe case of psychosis or schizophrenia, you are not alone. There is help out there, finding it is the key and coping until you find help is the important factor.

The first thing a person needs to realize is; do I or someone I know want to hurt themselves or someone else? In this case you need to seek emergency help immediately. Do not wait. Call 911 or go to an emergency room.

As for the rest of us with mental illness we are often told we can not be helped due to lack of insurance and can’t afford to pay for services. There is help out there sometimes we just have to look a little harder to find it. In the phone book you will find crisis hotlines. Don’t be afraid to use them. They are a wealth of information and help during a crisis period. They can get us over the rocky spots. That is what they are there for.

Growing up with a mental illness such as depression or bipolar can be very difficult. We as teens want to reach out for help but don’t know how. We try to discuss this issue with adults but it seems we get blown off like it’s not important. A lot of teen guys are ashamed to admit they might have some form of mental illness. Just to let guys know it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Mental illness is statistically known to affect more guys than girls, especially Bipolar disorder.

Some signs of Major Depression are:

  • Significant weight loss without dieting or a large weight gain without eating much
  • Sleeping too much or not getting enough sleep
  • Constantly tired or lack of energy
  • Feeling worthless or guilt for something you had no control over
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Can’t concentrate or make appropriate decisions

These are common symptoms of depression. Every person may not experience all of these symptoms. It is best to see a school counselor so she/he can walk you through the proper channels. He or she can help and put you back on the right path. Some things you can do in the mean time to try to help yourself is:

  • Stay busy, don’t give yourself time to dwell on the bad things
  • Focus on the positive
  • Read the bible for encouragement
  • Try getting involved in a youth group
  • Find a support group in your area
  • Find a hobby and turn it into something

If you think you know someone who has a mental illness and is too ashamed to ask for help here are some signs you can look for.

  1. Cutting or self mutilation
  2. Alcohol or drug abuse
  3. Anger outbursts or extreme irritability
  4. Withdrawal from friends and social activities
  5. Over sensitivity to rejection or failure
  6. Reckless behavior
  7. Constant complaints of being tired or bored
  8. A significant drop in grades

If you see these signs in someone close to you try talking to a mental health professional or a member of the clergy. You can’t make someone get help. All you can do is be supportive of them and encourage them to get help. It’s kind of like the old saying “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink”.

One thought to ponder on is “Through God all things are possible” If we pray and mean what we pray he will help us and he does hear all of our prayers. Take time to meditate and do some soul searching. You will see an immense difference.


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