The Intellectual Activist
An Objectivist Review
Learning to Consider Yourself Important Enough to Take Care of in Spite of the Negative Stigma of Mental Illness
Categories: Grievances

Everyone gets a little bit of head fog or stress or some emotional turbulence one time or another. It’s normal to an extent, but it’s important to take consistent symptoms seriously and not be afraid to speak up and get help.
In a world afraid to admit any of us have any problems at all due to the constraints of a social obligation to constantly appear happy and well-balanced, it’s almost habitual to delay seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist or even just talk to our primary care physician about that gnawing depression or pins-and-needles anxiety that’s been affecting our work and home life. We’re too worried about an official diagnosis that we are actively harming ourselves as the byproduct of not taking our emotional pain and mental strain as seriously as we should be considering it.

Take Care of Yourself

We think that if we just ignore the negative feelings and insecurities that eventually the symptoms will go away. We see our neighbors, coworkers, and family who don’t appear to be so stunted as we are and self-deprecatingly assume that admitting to any obscure feelings would basically be a sense of social suicide. We selflessly, foolishly put our own well-being in the hands of a public that knows nothing of us and judges us freely without so much as an ounce of empathy for what our personal history can attest that we have gone through.

It’s almost sophomoric how we naively disregard these uncomfortable feelings we have within ourselves under an uneducated and painfully conceited world view that we can’t possibly be suffering from a mental illness because we’re not the ‘type’ to be affected by such things. We decide that only weak people or those who have suffered from abuse or neglect or who have drug problems or who have lost someone important to them through the passing of death are the only people capable of being slapped with a diagnostic label and a vial of pills to be ‘fixed’ with. But this arrogant and entirely misinformed fallacy of thought isn’t helping anyone.

In fact, all it’s doing is shooting ourselves in the foot, giving whatever potential mental health issue we’re facing the allowance to grow into something bigger and bigger until we’re deemed socially inadequate for not being able to handle everyday life. The truth is there’s no sense in suppressing the reality that you’re dealing with something and your pride is getting in the way of not only your mental health, but your physical health because it’s entwined. Taking care of your mind is just as critical as taking care of your body and if you lack on one of these ends the other will inevitably get worse as well.

It’s Not a Sign of Weakness to Ask for Help

An unbalanced mental health can ruin everything you’ve been building life towards and that’s understandably scary, but it’s also an incentive to get checked out. When your head is cluttered with any sense of emotional instability even if it’s slight it will inadvertently and definitely leak into every aspect of your daily life, stunting productivity and keeping you from growing not only into a happier you, but also into a more financially stable person.
Do you really want to take more care to ward off an ignorant stigma or to make sure that your mental health is being taken care of?

When it all comes down to it the fact is that 1 in 4 adults suffer from some form of mental illness and we all deserve to be happy and healthy and if you’re disregarding a mental issue and belittling it as just a blip on the radar for any reason whatsoever you are doing yourself, your career, and your loved ones a great disservice. If you are dealing with any sense of emotional imbalance or mental hiccup, please talk to your doctor, because it may signal a deeper issue or potentially lead to one.

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