Category: About Mental Illness (page 2 of 3)
When you find the strength to get through today, you also find hope to get through tomorrow. Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a chronic condition that affects around 1% of the population. Although there is still an immense stigma around mental illness, especially BD, it’s important to understand how serious this condition can be. Those suffering with it need strength from others so they can find the strength within themselves.
“Are you ready? Do you have everything you need – toothbrush, Tylenol, chargers – a pillow?” These are the last minute questions we’re asked when we set off for university or college, yet we’re rarely prepped with a mental health tool kit before leaving home for the first time.
Returning to work after a prolonged absence is difficult for anyone but considerably more challenging for younger adults who have had a shorter time as an employee. This is particularly the case for the young adult who is struggling to regulate a mental illness and get back to their workplace. With an eye to the big picture, this process can be successful for both the employee and the employer.
In the media, fall is a time for wearing sweaters, baking pies, and cozying up by a fire. It’s a time of falling leaves, turkey and pumpkin spice everything. But this vision of fall doesn’t ring true for those of us who experience SAD.
What is SAD?
Despite campaigns geared towards destigmatization, the stigma around mental health for men remains intact and is negatively impacting their well-being:
- rates of mental illness are comparable between men and women, but men are less likely to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for their illness.
- up to 10 percent of men experience paternal postpartum depression.
- 80 percent of people who die by suicide are men.
- the suicide rate is three times higher for men than it is for women.