A staggering 264 million people worldwide suffer from mental health disorders, placing mental illness as the leading cause of disability. Despite the prevalence of these orders and treatment availability, 66% of all patients do not seek help due to the discrimination, stigma, and neglect surrounding mental health treatment.
People living with mental illnesses are burdened with prejudice and stereotypes of stigmatization. Their symptoms are often called a “phase,” or they are told to “snap out of it.” Often they are judged feared, avoided, or perceived as a threat to instill shame, fear, and embarrassment.
For people already struggling with the burden of an invisible illness, stigma is an unbearable addition to their pain. The unwieldy power of stigma interferes with their decision to reach out to mental health professionals and often leads to alienation.
Mental Health As An Integral Part Of Health And Well-Being
The World Health Organization started a global fight against mental health discrimination and stigma at the beginning of the 1990s. They have since highlighted that health is a state of complete mental, physical, and social well-being, rather than the absence of physical disease.
Mental health is affected by numerous factors, including biology and socioeconomic conditions. As such, psychiatric conditions must be addressed using preventive strategies along with promotion, treatment, and recovery at an institutional level.
How To Fight Stigma And Support Mental Health
Talk Openly About Your Mental Health Journey
Sharing your story is empowering for you and others struggling with their mental illnesses. Disregard harmful stereotypes and encourage others to speak up and seek the help of mental health professionals.
Educate Yourself And Others
Educating yourself about mental health struggles helps put a name to your illness, and show empathy, support, and compassion when speaking to others.
Encourage Equality Between Mental And Physical Illness
We need to recognize mental health as essential to physical health, rather mutually-exclusive to it if we hope to beat the stigma.
Stigma Leads To Delayed Treatment
Although treatments are known for mental disorders, stigma is one of the biggest barriers to accessing mental healthcare.
Out of 17 million adults in the U.S. who struggle with depression, about 35% still do not seek aid. Additionally, despite using structurally distinct antidepressants, 30% of people with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) remain depressed.
Ketamine Treatment For Depression
Preliminary evidence suggests that Ketamine infusion therapy is an effective alternative for patients who do not respond to standard depression treatments. Ketamine has earned the reputation as an effective off-label treatment for MDD and suicidal thoughts.
Many randomized placebo-controlled trials have found ketamine treatment to reduce depressive symptoms in patients at a faster rate. It is also known to lower suicidal ideation, potentially helping with suicide prevention—the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
The specialized doctors at Redemption Psychiatry can determine if Ketamine infusion treatment is right for you or your loved one. As one of the largest private psychiatric practices in Arizona, they specialize in treatment-resistant disorders and advanced psychiatric treatments.
You can visit one of their four ketamine clinics throughout the valley. Call for appointments at (480) 542-1212.