A Therapist Talks About Disability Of The Mind
The disability of the mind is the most challenging disorder to cure or treat. I would rather that I have a massive gash, a broken arm, or even a benign cyst in one of my internal organs which would require general anesthesia surgery. In any given day, I would rather that I have those physical ailments. You know why? As I have told my therapist (and I am a therapist), physical illnesses, if not grave or deadly, can be treated since it is easily seen. You will see it healing and recovering, and the person can feel its physical improvement since the body is helping it repair.
But if you have a mental disability, a mental health issue, a psychological problem, or any other term people use to describe this brain malfunction, nobody can see it. You can’t see it. I can’t see it. The person who has the disorder cannot see it. Everyone cannot physically see that there is a problem at first glance, unlike if you have a body wound. They can only see the effects of it when the person suffering from a mental health issue is manifesting signs.
If they are depressed, these people could show signs of anger, loneliness, sadness, and crying episodes. When one is anxious, he can show signs of extreme fear, nervousness, and worry. For a person with a traumatic experience and have developed PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, he may become unresponsive or numb, easily irritated or annoyed, will avoid certain places, and jumpy. There are so many mental health problems with indicators of such disorders on people, and it will take a very long time in discussing all of it. But the most common have already been mentioned: depression, anxiety, stress, and PTSD.
Is there a way for you, or anyone to readily see that there is a disability of the mind? People always assume that those with these issues are “crazy” because they cannot cope with themselves. That is so discriminatory since not all people are built alike. A person’s biochemical composition in the brain is different from others. There is no perfect human, which is why these brain lapses occur.
Some people can quickly move on from their emotional problems, but others cannot just do it in a snap. These emotional problems that they have turned to mental and psychological issues. It’s not that quick to get out of bed and go on with their day. I know someone who was diagnosed with clinical depression, and even with therapy, there are days when she would wake up, and all the signs are there. She would wake up feeling very sad while remembering all the bad things that happened to her in the past. The crying would start, and it would be hours upon hours of lying down, trying to manage the depression.
Speaking on the topic of managing depression, each person has their way of doing it. No one act or thing is the right or wrong approach to handle the mental health issue. As already established, it differs from one person to another.
My friend, when she feels like her depression is kicking in, she would just let it flow. She would stay in bed until she feels like getting up. Good thing that she is a writer and is motivated to write about her problems. It’s like a form of release for her, and that is how she copes. She would also listen to R&B songs to help, and if she felt like crying, she would cry. The great thing about her is that she would push herself to get out of bed and go outside her house for a walk. It is a tough moment every single time, she said, but it’s the only way to overcome those bad days.
Not everyone is like her who can fight their disability of the mind. Some are delicate and special, and these people need urgent and constant therapy. They may even need sessions that will last for a very long period, maybe even years for some.
This brings us to a realization: we cannot assume that every person we interact with on a day to day basis is fine just because there is no physical damage. The damage brought about by one’s mind is far more significant than any wound, and so, it is imperative to act with kindness on a person who is “not being himself.” That same kindness you will bestow may help the disabled person move past that terrible, emotional turmoil. No one dies by being kind.
Just try to understand that you are lucky if you’re not suffering from these mental ailments.