What Not To Say To An Individual Dealing With A Mental Health Disorder

Many people feel overwhelmed by the fact they are battling with a mental health disorder due to the negative stigma attached to it. Their world seems like a sinking sand pit which they are fighting every moment to get out of, yet it pulls them back in consistently, challenging their efforts to win the battle.

Mental health disorders have a serious impact upon individuals whether it’s in the form of depression, OCD, anxiety, anorexia, bulimia, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, just to name a few.

Their day to day lives can become so difficult to deal with, that their lives become extremely overwhelming. Basic situations such as socialising in an event at work can become the greatest battle to deal with which can make an individual with a mental health disorder feel panicked.

Dealing with the battle internally on a personal level is extremely challenging in itself, but dealing with people who question or comment on mental health disorders is an even greater threat to the recovery and nourishment towards a positive and healthy recovery.

Here are some examples of what people may comment which should be avoided at all costs;

  • “It’s just in your head” People don’t wake up one day and just choose to have a mental health disorder. Many factors such as incidents which may have happened in the past, negative experiences, toxic relationships and abuse can cause an individual to break down slowly which can lead into a mental health disorder. Nobody chooses to suffer from it purposely.
  • “I suffer from X disorder too sometimes, it’s just a phase or bad day, it will pass.” –  NEVER under any circumstance should an individual claim to suffer from a mental health disorder if they haven’t been clinically diagnosed. Having a bad day or feeling blue is NOT the same as having a disorder. By mentioning this, you are making a sufferer feel stigmatised or almost inhumane for going through what they are suffering through.
  • “You’re doing all this just for some attention” –  Attention seeking comes in many forms, however, if an individual is genuinely suffering from a mental health disorder, such comments may prevent them from seeking medical help which they require which in return could make their condition worse. Be kind and considerate.
  • “Taking medication won’t do you any good, it’s all a scam –  Medication is a necessity in many cases as the make-up of the brain physically changes in individuals who suffer from a mental health disorder. In no way should a mental health illness be treated differently to a physical illness just because it is not visible to the eye.
  • “You believe in God? Then how can you have a mental health disorder?” –  Having faith in God doesn’t mean individuals don’t suffer, every human being sees ups and downs in life regardless of their faith. Having a mental health disorder does not equate to having a weak faith or no trust in God. Be respectful and mindful with words.

These are some examples from many which individuals hear but remember, always chant positive affirmations to yourself and try your best to not let these negative words hurt you. You are a gem and a fighter, don’t let anyone break you down otherwise.

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