I would first like to say that I do have self-conflict that I deal with on a daily basis. I do use coping strategies and I do indeed see someone to talk to about things. I am very much aware of the struggle some individuals have within their own lives - the struggle to find one's self, to express oneself, and how to communicate anger, anxiety, sadness in a healthy manner. However, how much solid fact do we know about mental illnesses?
I know that doctors and professionals spout information about "serotonin" and "uptake inhibitors," but what does that really mean? What tests do we have to prove that my serotonin levels are low? How do they gather physical evidence that I am indeed "clinically depressed"?
When I was taken in to the hospital after an attempted suicide, they took my vitals - any normal hospital procedure. Then they asked me questions. "Why did you try this?" . . . "Did you plan this?" . . . "Did anyone know?" . . . "Did you have a back-up plan?" It was like they were trying to build my life story into a movie. They did not take blood samples, or urine tests, or make me drink something so they can examine chemical levels.
I do know that they made me talk to someone. They handed me a bottle of pills that said to take one every day and that should help me.
I think that psychologists and psychiatrists invented this. I think that they invented the idea of a mental illness - they advertised it to the public as a mysterious thing. Anyone and everyone could be walking around with an undiagnosed mental illness. Anxiety, depression, dysthmia, bipolar disorder... everything is out there. No facts or concrete symptoms appear in patients - nothing like a fever or a broken bone or inflamed lymph nodes. No low white cell counts or paleness of the skin. Nothing.
A checklist of symptoms and questions. That's it. It's all about perception.
Bad coping strategies. A sheltered childhood could've rendered someone less capable of handling every day situations. Someone who lacks self-discipline to get up in the morning and start the day. Someone who does not have the confidence to confide in someone about feelings or emotions or how to share problems.
Sometimes, I think that mental illness is overrated. "Take these pills," they said to me as they tossed me a bottle.