Stigma effect, stigma and health, and stigmatizing shaming, in the face of adversity
The issue of mental health continues to be a major social and health burden for people dealing with mental illnesses. One of the most common mental disorders affecting 15 million adults. Mental disorders are treatable diseases. The challenges witnessed prevent people from sharing their fears and views pertaining to their disorders.
There is no denying that individuals diagnosed with depression are ill. The disorder occurs due to the changes in the the brain. Depression is misunderstood as a character flaw or a lack of will to recover. Therefore, it is essential to understand that mental disorders are as dangerous as other illnesses.
Anybody has the potential to develop depression. Some personalities, and creative people are more vulnerable. Such people are hypersensitive as they engage in contemplation and rumination.
Individuals with depression are often high-functioning individuals. This could be attributed to the stigma that forces them mask their symptoms and avoid talking about them.
Everybody is born with an internal body clock. In individuals with depression, this clock turns upside down. The brain of people going through depression may confuse morning with nighttime. Their sleep and hunger hormones get affected and disrupted.
Changes in appetite and weight are seen with depression. Individuals with depression lose connections in the brain. These changes reduce the size of the brain.
Depression is commonly associated with diseases that impact older adults. However, depression can also increase the rate of aging. These individuals display the shorter length of telomeres (DNA found in chromosomes) compared to their healthy peers or individuals who have to cope with depression for a short time.
An individual going through depression experiences pain, such as headaches, backache, stomachache, etc. The perception of pain is the reason that both depression and pain share a common chemical pathway. Research have highlighted that pain can also improve the symptoms of depression.
Depression is a mental disorder that leaves a person withdrawn with suicidal thoughts that affect psychological well-being. If left untreated, it leads to detrimental effects on the quality of life.