Beyond the Norms of Mental Health

“Depression + Anxiety + Bipolar = Mental Health”. Heard that one before? Same.

Someone that has been through all of that, diagnosed and still to this date experiencing, I feel limited to what I am going through, actually. In today’s society, mental health is often looked at as a crazy and standardized approach to one’s sanity. But is our –  (emphasis on “health”, more than “mental”) – health really that generic to definitions or symptoms?

Suffering from a drastic loss in your life, like I have, changes perspectives and redirects you to break these norms we are constrained by. My mental health has weighed severely on my education, daily lifestyle, and relationships, so it comes to no surprise why people may target me as an odd being, always rebelling against what’s the standard. 

Taking all of those norms into consideration, the big idea is that people are not able to realize their worth or unravel from its confusion, because mental health is given only one way to justify itself! 

 It’s like everyone just commenting the same condolence of “stay strong” on your social media post, when you really don’t know how to, or what “strong” even is because you never experienced this! “Stay strong” being an understatement to one’s feelings, is doing more harm than good. 

Mentalhealth.gov’s definition: “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.” 

Now what’s wrong and what’s right with this statement. Addressing that mental health is important at every stage of life is essential. Anything can happen at any time giving a new perspective to life. But this definition sets a foundation for categorizing someone going through such a phase as “weak”. Which if you think about it, if you are defined as “weak”, you are automatically told to “stay strong”. 

Every thought about that? 

Adding that weakness into a universal definition to mental health is making people more vulnerable to a norm, when in all reality, we are more than just a norm. We are unique, different, and already powerful. Think about that. You are not mental, you just need better health around.


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