Hey guys. It’s Hannah. Thanks for tuning in. So, today we’re going to confront this question: Why is it hard to talk about mental health? Why is it hard to come forward about a diagnosis of bipolar, about a diagnosis of depression, anxiety or any mental health condition? And I came forward about my diagnosis of bipolar 2 a couple of years ago. So I can just tell you from personal experience the things that I’ve seen and the people that I’ve talked to about the stigma that so severely surrounds mental illness that keeps people quiet about mental health. When people come forward about a mental health condition or even want to talk about it, they’re afraid they’re going to be judged. They’re going to be looked at as being weak, unstable, crazy, psychotic. So it’s a little easier to understand why someone would be very hesitant to talk about this with their family or their friends. A lot of people throw out facts but it relates to this stigma. For, an example, “Hey, Hannah. You know, you have bipolar. You must be violent.” Well let’s dig a little deeper. In actuality, only 3-5% of violent acts can be attributed to people with a serious mental illness and substance abuse tends to play a role in those violent acts. Okay, that’s a statistic. And it’s not like you can say, “Well, oh, I don’t know about that.” It’s like, no man. That’s a statistic. Okay, that’s the truth. One of my biggest pet peeves is that a lot of people, when they come forward about a mental health condition, all of a sudden normal reactions that they have to situations become a reaction of bipolar, depression, anxiety. And I’m going to give you an example taking a scene from the movie, “He’s Just Not That Into You”. And in this scene, Jennifer Conally finds out that her husband is cheating on her. She reacts. She’s pissed. She’s sad. She feels like she’s been betrayed. It’s a normal human reaction to most people. But wait a minute. What if I told you prior to this, that in this movie, Jennifer Conally, is diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Does your view about the scene change? Do you think, maybe this wasn’t a normal reaction? Maybe when she slammed the mirror down, man, that was kind of was overreacting. You know, she’s got bipolar disorder. Every time you get mad or sad or you have a reaction, they blame it on your mental health condition. That’s not fair! And my goal, by doing these videos and sharing my experience, is to help people come forward. So please share your comments, share your experiences related to stigma. How you came forward to your friends and family. What kind of reaction you got. Because I would love to hear them and so many other people would. And that’s all I’ve got for today. So thanks for tuning in. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel. It’s the little red button you see in the corner. So go ahead and click it. And I’ll see you next time. Bye guys.

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30 thoughts on “Why People Don’t Talk About Mental Health

  1. Every time I faced with some emotional screen, like who people kissing each other in TV. I feel good, but in a blink of an eyes, I felt like there're some one watching me. And then my feeling messed up. Is there something wrong with me. Please help

  2. My husband would always blame my Polar when I started yelling during an argument.I have blown up, but any normal person would when someone continually shuts you off when communicating feelings

  3. Hey Hannah! I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 back in 2014 but it has been part of my life for many years undiagnosed all through high school. I only recently turned 20 and feel like I have lived a whole life time with this disorder. Been on various meds but hopefully found the right one. What u said about everyone thinking every tiny change in mood is a sign of the bipolar is relatable for me as I feel like everyone round me is kind of waiting for me to act out of control or too hyper so they can jump on my back. But I am slowly finding my own way to a stable life. Ur videos r really inspirational and helpful

  4. People don't talk about mental health due to being scared for their safety, people do judge you if you suffer from mental health and thats a FACT! Hollywood has portrayed people with mental health as 'dangerous'

  5. Helping people come forward about their mental health conditions can be a good thing, especially if they can try get some help in combating mental health issues. Stigma will be a tough thing to eradicate though, its just some people get a kick out of picking on others.

  6. If you have mental health issues like depression and anxiety or stress i can recomend this channel:
    The mental health herbalist.
    I drink yerba-mate with yarrow and st johns wort for my depression and eat gotu kola pills.

  7. Depression is not an illness … it is a state of mind. People become "mentally ill" when they fall into the trap of believing that this state of mind (which can, of course, be very distressing, even life threatening) is caused by a brain disorder requiring medication. Mental illness, as conceptualised by mainstream, drug orientated psychiatry, does not exist.

  8. Thought I d came back to watch the video again. Good to see many video raise awareness of stigma in mental health. I have done a video myself on carers or caregivers regarding mental health stigma.

  9. I believe this why a lot of celebrities have some type of mental illness but don't get help because they don't want to be judged. Rockstars use drugs and alcohol to deal with it. It sad that they have no idea how treatable it is with the right medication. A mental illness is no different from a physical illness. Too bad society doesn't see it like that.

  10. This really speaks to me! As every video I've seen of yours. It seems that so often my point of view is invalidated because I'm bipolar.

  11. I’m not ashamed of my condition, but I get frustrated in the reaction of the person I’m talking to. Do your research before you judge and assume me.

  12. Hannah, thank you so much for openly talking about this. I was only properly diagnosed with BP2 in 2014–after more than 10 years of thinking I only suffered from depression. I was first on an antidepressant more than 20 years ago back to when I thought it was only seasonal depression. My dad was BP1 but back in those days, it was only referred to as manic depression. Since I did not display the full mania, somehow I escaped under the radar. Now, in retrospect, I know that every time I had "burnout" it was actually a hypomanic episode gone awry. I was on long term sick leave (but never hospitalised), had a job change either before or after the breakdown and ultimately also lost or changed a partner. It was usually a 3-year cycle but that recently has changed and I'm defintely rapid cycling now.The Jennifer Conoly example is brilliant. Yes, it would have been interpreted completely differently had that information been provided (or even alluded to) earlier in the film. I'll need to go watch the film again ;)I have lost a lot of friends over the years, not necessarily because of the illness but because I was not properly diagnosed and therefore I had no way of educating myself or anybody else that how I behave could be caused by the illness. Not that I wish to blame the illness, only contextualise it. During my hypomanic stages I often said or did (most of the time said) things that I later regretted but could not take back. It's like a filter was removed and suddenly it was ok in my mind to say anything–even if it was brutally honest and very hurtful. I cheated on one of my partners and remember him confronting me about it and me saying with a full smile that yes, I had cheated. Like I had done nothing wrong at all. The sad thing is that I don't remember much of what happened, only that people just stopped communicating. Of course, there could be other reasons for this which might have nothing to do with me–but as you highlighted in another video, our ability to feel the emotions (sort of like Diana Troy from Star Trek, the empath on board the Starship Enterprise) of others plays a role here and we automatically blame ourselves or at the very least try to accept responsibility for being the possible reason for them no longer communicating with us. Does that make sense?Since my diagnosis, the best way I can describe a hypomanic episode since I have become familar with the term rapid cycler, is that I am starring and directing the role at the same time; it's almost like an out of body experience, whereby I can see what I'm doing or hear what I'm thinking but pay no heed to what is being said, even if it should be censored or parts of the text removed because it is just plain wrong.Finding friends who can understand continues to be an issue. Most of my friends who have stuck with me tend to have some mental health issues in their family. They are able to relate and that makes a world of difference!Keep up the great work!

  13. http://bangordailynews.com/2018/05/11/opinion/saturday-may-12-2018-support-local-food-sovereignty-golden-for-congress-end-mental-illness-stigma/ This is a letter I wrote to the Bangor Daily News re: Mind Stigma. Hope all read the entire letter including the British Journal of Psychiatry. All human illness/condition are based on biological, social, psychological dimensions. God and science is finding out that the ENTIRE human body from head to toe is INTEGRATED and INTERACTIVE from head to toe. The Stigma Terms: Physical Illness and Mental Illness are archaic and should be cast into the hell of human misunderstanding ! God made us ONE and Science is increasingly agreeing !

  14. Thanks to the stigma …. Alot of people put off getting help for months or even years… I just started reaching out and seeking help, and i wish i did it sooner… Living with anxiety and depression, possibly mood problems, you get used to it, you only know its BAD, when you have multiple people telling you to get help . By then, you've probably hit rock bottom for the hundredth time, or are numb to it all, so having a sense of normal almost seems terrifying . At least that's how it was for me…I would tell anyone to seek out help, the sooner the better. <3

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