As we come across people with depression or other psychological ailments, over the course of our lives, our first instinct seems to be to attribute that ailment to a reason. For instance “This person has anxiety because they lost their job” or something along those lines. It’s the natural thing to do and of course there are many many people out there who do have a mental health issue that was triggered by a specific event or series of events.
There are many people out there though who don’t have that triggering event though, they just suffer because their brain doesn’t produce the right amount of a certain hormone or isn’t wired up properly. They have had a good childhood, have a good relationship and a good job and yet they still suffer. I think that this can sometimes be frustrating for those sufferers as they are looking for reasons too and are beating themselves up for feeling this way.
This is especially true in celebrity culture. You hear of many athletes and musicians who have a mental disorder in one form or another yet they appear to live a perfect life. How can one not be happy when one has a 17 bedroom mansion, millions in the bank, a fleet of super cars and a wife that looks like Ariana Grande? Heck, I’d be happy just being married to Ariana! (Miss Grande, if you are reading this, call me!) Whilst these things may bring us temporary happiness if the brain doesn’t produce enough serotonin or another underlying issue.
I think the point that I’m trying to get at is that there doesn’t need to be a reason for someone to be mentally ill. Can you imagine if we tried to find a reason with many physical illnesses? “Well why do you have cancer of the stomach?” “Why do you have gallstones?” “Why do you have the flu?”. Of course there are physical illnesses and mental illnesses that are caused by a specific triggering event or issue but not all of them! So don’t beat yourself up if you need help but can’t find the specific cause of the problem!
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