Is it me, or have you ever noticed that people with a mental health condition that isn’t clearly visible to the naked eye do not receive the same attention and compassion compared to people with a clearly defined issue? I believe mental health awareness isn’t obvious to the average person unless it is crystal clear. And if it isn’t easily visible I would have to believe you wouldn’t see it until you find out someone you know is diagnosed with such a condition. And even then, you would need help seeing it.
But They Look Normal
I believe people have a tough time comprehending a situation when a person is diagnosed with a mental health issue and they appear to be normal. I would have to believe logic dictates if a person looks normal then they must be normal. But when someone is diagnosed with a mental health issue, it is prudent that people take the time to understand the diagnosis, especially when it is determined by a medical profession. I was quite surprised when I investigated the symptoms of a diagnosis a person was given. Interestingly, I learned that the person did exhibit some of the symptoms that were listed that I completely overlooked prior to the diagnosis.
I find it distasteful when people are informed of the circumstances and still do not make the appropriate adjustments. I guess they feel if the person looks and acts normal in their eyes then the person is normal. I’ve learned many people just don’t believe in mental health issues unless they are very apparent.
Autism is a great example because there is a wide spectrum of Autism that ranges from mild to severe behavioral patterns. 40% of kids with autism don’t talk at all, which is very evident to others. In these situations, it is evident so people treat these individuals differently and with the appropriate action to communicate with them.
Asberger Syndrome is a form of Autism. However, it might not be that evident to others. There are many symptoms of this disorder. It is considered to be a sociable disorder. A person with Asberger will demonstrate some form of social dysfunction. However, some are very subtle.
I bring up Asberger because someone I know has been diagnosed with it. When I read the symptoms, I was amazed. I would never have connected the dots. Now I have seen some people accept this diagnosis, while others haven’t. I have to assume they don’t believe it. Or if they do, they refuse to make the necessary changes. Typically, a person with Asberger doesn’t like crowds and will avoid these situations. So, why would anyone invite this person to a large get-together? Wouldn’t it make more sense to visit this person one on one where they feel comfortable? To get close, you go to their world and don’t force your world on them. This is a trait I developed when I was developing both my leadership and teamwork skills.
Hopefully, this will help others to be more aware of mental health. And if you truly want to help them, you need to see the world the way they see it.