Mental health used to be a taboo subject that people were too afraid or ashamed to speak about, even among friends and family. Luckily, today it’s spoken about much more openly. Those who suffer from mental health conditions, of which there are many, have their lives impacted by that reality in many different ways.
Difficulty Performing Everyday Tasks
Many people with extreme mental health conditions have difficulty performing everyday tasks. They may find it difficult to brush their teeth, shower, or even get out of bed. These are the kinds of struggles that are most difficult for mental health patients to discuss with friends, family or medical professionals openly because it’s difficult for them to admit when they haven’t brushed their teeth or showered in days, or even weeks or months. They fear the judgment of people who don’t have to struggle against conditions like anxiety, depression, paranoia, and others to get things done. These conditions affect not just their minds, but their bodies as well. For example, their bodies may feel heavy and lack energy, making it much more difficult for them to accomplish everyday tasks that seem easy to others. Therefore, those suffering from mental health conditions may also have concerns about body odor or tooth decay, among other things.
Difficulty Making Friends
Whether they have difficulty performing everyday tasks or not, people with mental health conditions may find it difficult to make friends. Those who have difficulty showering, brushing their teeth and/or getting out of bed definitely have the most difficulty making friends. People are likely to leave their homes much less often if they have concerns that others will think they have body odor or bad breath. In fact, they may avoid leaving home at all, making it much less likely they’ll be able to meet new people and make friends or meet old friends in order to maintain existing friendships. It may even be too difficult for them to maintain amicable relationships with their own family members. As a result, many people struggling with mental health problems lead very lonely lives.
Difficulty Finding Work
It should come as no surprise that many people suffering from these conditions have difficulty finding suitable work. Struggling with these conditions day after day leaves many mental health patients feeling too tired and defeated to pursue any meaningful work. Aside from that, they may struggle with feelings of inadequacy to meet the demands of a regular workplace. Those who suffer from anxiety and depression are likely among the most susceptible to feeling inadequately prepared to handle the daily stresses of a work environment. Anxiety can make a person worry incessantly about their capabilities being subpar, for example. Meanwhile, depression may make a person feel like they are not good enough to succeed at anything. Unfortunately, some patients even suffer from multiple such conditions at once.
Patients suffering from mental health issues may find it very difficult to perform everyday tasks, make friends or maintain existing friendships, and find work. Thankfully, nowadays it’s much easier for them to find help.