Destigmatize and not generalize diseases

PARKERSBOURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

During this month, mental health experts want people to make a conscious effort to be more mindful of the mental health of others.

Not only when it comes to supporting people struggling with the stress of depression, anxiety and other illnesses like these.

But also, to destigmatize feelings about mental illnesses and not generalize disorders such as ADHD and OCD.

As this can often lead to these types of illnesses not being taken seriously or people not being educated about these issues.

“Because one element of stigma I think gets overlooked is the occasional use of mental health terminology to describe normal behavior. So, for example, someone who is a little dizzy before having their first cup of coffee in the morning might attribute this to ADHD. It is a natural diagnosis for which people receive treatment. But it’s more than just an oversight,” says Nancy Creighton, director of youth services at Westbrook Health Services.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the Westbrook Health Services Crisis Helpline is 304-485-1725.

Or you can dial the 988 mental health hotline.

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