‘Personality Flaws’ and our Mental Health?

Personality weaknesses or character flaws cause mental health problems. People with mental health problems can snap out of it if they try hard enough. 

That’s what someone said to me. Do you think that’s true?

Well, first off. Every one has some or the other personality flaw (when we look at it from other people’s lenses). It is most often that personality flaw that makes unique.

So, anyone who thinks the person who suffers from a mental health disorder is the one actually at fault – I am sorry, but that’s mostly incorrect. 

The most common reason for mental health problems are: 

– Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry : Experts believe many mental illnesses are linked to abnormalities in genes and the way genes interact with the environment. This is unique for every person (even identical twins).

– Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse : Mental illness itself occurs from the interaction of multiple genes and other factors — such as stress, abuse, or a traumatic event — which can influence, or trigger, an illness in a person who has an inherited susceptibility to it. This susceptibility often depends on the way genes in the human brain interact with each other (and is unique for each person).

Family history of mental health problems : Mental illnesses sometimes run in families. That basically mean that sometimes people who have a family member with a mental illness may be a little more likely to develop one themselves. Susceptibility is passed on in families through genes.

Let’s support those who are suffering, instead of questioning them. A little help or care goes a long way.

We have a couple of choices here; we either ignore such statements and move OR we raise a voice. And you know, I choose the latter. 

I do not want anyone going through discrimination, more mental abuse and the worst part ‘facing the stigma’ – just because they are going through some mental health issues.

And, I wish to do it for anyone who suffering ‘silently’ with a smile on. 

Do we discriminate against someone with a broken leg? No, we help them. That’s absolutely noble, human and great!

But then just because we cannot see someone’s mental trauma, does that mean that we create this stigma surrounding it that makes it so impossible to talk about? And, let alone helping someone who is already suffering, we make it unbelievable for them to even talk about their emotions or issues openly?

I mean, are we really that shallow?

To anyone going through any mental health problems right now. There’s something I will like to say, from my personal experience.

Please don’t suffer in silence. I know it may be overwhelming at first to decide to take that step to seek professional help, but it will only be better from there.

Communicate what you are feeling with someone you trust.

Also, hey!

Mental health disorders give you superpowers. 

If you overthink the bad, and that makes you anxious. It also makes you think more and make your work unique. Add that extra bit of sparkle that separates you from others. 

Everything has two sides. Even something that’s as dark to live with as depression or anxiety. 

Let’s try and find that bit of positivity when we’re going through tough times. 

A little bit of optimism, love and support goes a long way in mental wellness. 


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