Making Planet Earth Great Again
As mental health stigma continues to die down, more and more people are starting to come out of the shadows and reveal their struggles with mental illness. It has been around since the beginning of time, but hidden away from others out of fear of ridicule and shame. Many people around the world used to and continue to view mental illness as “the devil’s work.” But today we know that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
It’s just the brain experiencing errors, just like any other organ of the body, resulting in a disease. Why has it taken so long for people to accept mental illness? Because it’s much more threatening to the ego than a physical disorder is. People are more comfortable accepting the idea that one has cancer, HIV or coronary artery disease.
But when it comes to psychosis, people are repelled by the idea that one’s mind can malfunction to the point of inducing hallucinations. It’s easier for people to blame a supernatural force such as a demon causing a possession, than it is for them to understand that the brain can malfunction just like any other organ.
But those times are now buried in the past. People nowadays are more comfortable than ever sharing their stories and struggles with mental illness. And this makes the doctors of this field psychiatric superstars! We are the ones on the front lines, taking a patient’s history and carefully listening to the person inside the human being.
We are the physicians who sit down for even 45 minutes at a time to listen to a psychiatric patient cry, and spill their emotions and mental problems onto us. Can you imagine how difficult it is for us to go to work every day and listen to patients’ emotional and mental struggles? Would you be surprised if we were to inform you that this process affects our mental well-being as well?
But we are resilient and so are you guys! Psychiatry is the new field on the block; not literally, as the beginning of psychiatry as a medical speciality dates back to the middle of the 19th century. It’s the newest field that is probably in the most demand. In the United States, there continues to be a shortage of psychiatrists and an uprise in mental health patients seeking professional help and guidance.
The DSM Ready Movement was started with the goal of defeating the remaining stigma surrounding mental health and the field of psychiatry. It’s an attempt at bringing the entire world together, regardless of one’s race, ethnicity, appearance, sexual preference or political affiliation.
The DSM Ready movement welcomes all skin colors, sexual orientations, democrats and republicans. DSM recognizes the great power of division and that’s why it does everything it can to not partake in it. This movement is about growing and learning together. It’s about creating a one-world stage that will hold the greatest amount of people in human history, coming together to embrace our struggles with mental illness and normalizing the process.
Personal note: I would like to thank everyone who has engaged with this blog since its inception 7 months ago. All of your comments, likes, links, shares and referrals have been much appreciated, and it’s because of you guys that I am able to keep this dream alive and kicking. Without your help, DSM would not have gained the traction that it has in 2019.
Thank you for all of your support and may we skyrocket The DSM Ready Movement to the moon, moving forward into 2020! You guys are in charge of this rocket ship’s guidance and trajectory; I am only the one providing the platform.
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