“The Brain is wider than the sky”
They always say that mental pain is more agonizing than physical pain. . Depression is not just feeling despair for a couple of days. Depression is losing the will for living. Severe depression leads to suicide at many times. Bipolar is not just having mood swings, bipolar is a serious disorder that has two episodes, manic and depressive episodes. The manic episode is basically feeling euphoria, literally. It lasts around a month or even more. Same applies for the depression phase which has so many forms. Anti-social is not being an introvert, anti-social is being a psychopath or a sociopath. If you have watched or read Gone Girl, you would probably understand, if not, then I recommend you read or watch it. The mental illnesses list is endless. The mentally disturbed are NOT “crazy”, mental illness can be because of genetics, environments and societies, family influences and learning, individual risk factors, neurobiology and a lot more than that! Parents negligence, ignorance and the way they bring up their kids are huge factors in developing mental disorders, just saying!
Mental illness is a disability causing distress reflecting biological or psychological function of an individual. To be able to classify mental illness, there are criteria by which it can be figured, like suffering, mal-adaptivity, deviancy, violations of the standards of society, irrationality and unpredictability. Diagnosing a disorder is not easy and there is a process called clinical assessment and diagnosis by which they are able to carefully and precisely diagnose a disorder. It is a difficult process because one disorder cannot stand alone, the factor of comorbidity is always present. Like for example, depression is comorbid with substance abuse and anxiety.
Anxiety can sometimes be comorbid with obsessive compulsive disorder. Eating disorders are sometimes comorbid with personality disorders or depression or obsessive compulsive disorder…a non-ending list of connections. With that said, Psychology is an extremely important factor in our lives. Just like biology, its importance and existence is undeniable.
Stereotypes should be destructed!