"Experience of Being Diagnosed with a Mental Disorder" is a good example of a paper on the disorder. Mental disorders are quite common in our present society and affect almost everyone. If not, they, at least, affect someone close to you or anyone of your friends. Therefore, it is important to highlight their daily experiences in life and the challenges they go through, as well as possible soul tons. Mental disorders are caused by a myriad of reasons, some of which can be avoided while others man has no control over in any way.
As a result, the conditions that affect mental well-being affect people and the mental capabilities of these people. Some of the reasons that they occur are substance use and in particular drug abuse among people with mental disorders prior to the manifestation of the condition. Such drugs include alcohol, cigarettes, cannabis, cocaine and other hard drugs that have a psychotropic effect on the brain. This is in the form of creating mental illusions of feelings, emotions and various perceptions. Therefore, because of extensive drug use, it can lead to addiction and destruction of the nervous system and overall perception of the world around them. In addition, another cause is biological concerning genetics and hereditary condition passed on through family lines.
In this regard, mental disorders are handed down to the offspring from the parents in the DNA with no option of treating the condition to the end. Conditions passed on through this manner include schizophrenia and manic depression that are associated with a certain gene structure. In addition, psychological reasons can be the cause of mental disorders in the form of depression, where a patient is faced with substantial amounts of pressure and no way to let it out.
In such cases, mental disorders arise, as the person cannot overcome any of the problems he, or she, faces. Moreover, brain injuries and infections can lead to mental disorders as they affect the working of the brain either directly or indirectly. Infection to certain zones of the brain cause mental instability or even insanity on an overall scale. The subject interviewed, in this case, a friend suffered from mental disorders as a result of genetics where the disorder was inherited from the parents. The subject complained of experiencing discrimination in several spheres of life by virtue of having a mental disorder.
In this case, she was viewed as a person of lesser intelligence than “ conventional people” were, such that she was expected to fair badly in most of the tasks assigned to her. Thus, the tasks she was assigned were not challenging enough to help her cope and achieve self-actualization. In this regard, at work, she often felt restricted that her potential was undermined.
This is because; the only thing she could not accomplish appropriately was coping with her emotions and not task or objective achievement. In other fields such as public places, she felt left out under the impression of being a lesser human. However, this form of discrimination was self-perceived and thus she is partly to blame. This owes to the fact that she is overly self-conscious to the point of blaming every little misunderstanding as discrimination. Publicly, every misdeed towards her is perceived as a result of her mental disorder making it quite difficult to prove it otherwise, a classic case of self-inflicted stigma and shouting to the world of her condition, which is not apparent at all unless when revealed or provoked. In addition, on changing employment, the second employer was rather apprehensive about hiring her on the grounds of liability.
This, to the individual is highly discriminative as her performance records from previous employment prior to the diagnosis were perfect. Additionally to experiencing discrimination, the subject interviewed in this case shared experiences on the quality of her life.
According to the information given, once people learned of her mental disorder, they opted or volunteered to do things for her rather than letting her do them. In respect to this, she felt violated due to reduced productivity and the perception of others towards her, as a dependant and not an independent individual. Treatment wise, in reference to having the condition under control, she goes through medication. The medication administered has side effects that range from mild to severe depending on the mood she is in at that moment of consumption.
This is because, at times, it leads to depression as it works towards having her emotions under control so that she does not suffer from her schizophrenic episodes and harm those around her. Moreover, when depressed, at times, she tends to lack the meaning of her own and passion to live. This is due to a lack of motivation and the depressing effect of the drugs she uses. In addition, sometimes she experiences disconnection from the rest of the world following isolation from people in the community. Since people are scared that she may suffer one of her schizophrenic episodes, people, including her “ friends” , tend to leave her be on her own.
As a result, she tends to be introverted and keep to herself due to a lack of human touch during times of need. At other times, the individual feels out of touch with the world and lonely, in spite of the, earlier mentioned tendency of people doing things for her. All her experiences bring to light the misconceptions borne by many people about individuals suffering or diagnosed with mental disorders.
This is because mentioning such a person brings out the picture of a scary person who is out to make others suffer. Therefore, this is in order to satisfy their perceived sadistic tendencies, which are just a fallacy. In addition, her shared experiences paint an image of independence if left to her own devices. This is unlike some misconceptions that people have about them, that they need substantial terminal care to live a normal life. In light of the interview, persons diagnosed with mental illnesses do not necessarily lead lives that are different from the rest of us.
The only difference between us is that those with mental disorders need medication to regulate their functioning and specialized care from time to time, while the rest of us need to help them cope. In addition, individuals with mental disorders could use the warmth from the rest of us concerning social support. This is in order to help them feel like part of the world and find meaning in their own lives. With this, quality of life improves significantly so that they find the motivation to be good at something.
In addition, there is a need to allow them a sense of independence so that they can share equal life experiences as we do.