All that she can see is darkness around her. She feels lonely, she feels like no one cares. Doctors say that “Ana is suffering from severe depression and she needs to be admitted at the mental hospital for observation and treatment.” She hates to hear the word “mental”. Her perspective of the situation says that she hasn’t done anything to be called a mentally disturbed person. On her low days, she doesn’t like to talk to people only for the sake of talking. She enjoys being alone. But this was going beyond just a choice of her. Anxiety attacks disturb her.
Her family left her alone thinking she has gone mad. Obviously they cared enough to take her to the doctor but not enough to company her. There are many misconceptions regarding mental illnesses. People suffering with mental illnesses are considered to be dangerous and are thought that they should be kept alone, locked in their rooms. On the contrary, people with mental illnesses are no more likely to be violent than those without a mental health disorder. In fact, those with mental illness are 10 times more likely to be the victims of violent crime. They need attention, love and care besides medical treatment.
Another misconception about them is they don’t have normal functioning brains thus cannot think, intelligently. This is a totally backward thought to keep. Some people with brain disorders are creative, intelligent and productive. Some are not able to think wisely and the illness makes them difficult to get along with other people. Many famous persons were diagnosed with such illnesses, but they were far more greater than any normal person without mental health disorder. Charles Dickens suffered from panic attacks, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison suffered from dyslexia and Isaac Newton was suspected with bipolar disorder.
There is a fine hairline gap between normal and being slight different. People with mental illness are just as normal as other people who have other kind of illness. It is just that they need support for their brains and not with hands, legs, eyes etc. They need treatment but they also need our support, our love and our companionship. Our society is no one to discriminate them, if they don’t follow certain norms made by them for being “normal”. Is it really fair to term them as dangerous, eccentric and mad? I don’t think so, and do reply about what your opinions are about it.