Mental Health - be Honest

I’m a ST-1 Psychiatrist from King’s College Hospital, Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK how many people here know someone with a mental health illness - one in four do!

I don’t know anyone with a mental health illness, at least not diagnosed… But then again I don’t really know that many people. I don’t really know what is considered mental health illness either. =S I assume Social Phobia isn’t included, if it is then my mother, my sister and I…

Is one self allowed as “know anyone”? I don’t know, but lets not go there.

Hi Tony,
That question covers a very broad range of conditions.
I do understand your interest, but to be honest the question is a little to personal and private IMO. :slight_smile:

That’s true, but that’s the whole point of fighting stigma - my dad has severe depression, his illness lead me to the job I do now. What does IMO stand for, I see it all the time on here???

IMO = In my opinion.

IMHO = In my honest opinion.

I need to change my vote
I hit option one by mistake :o
BTW are polls anonymous ?

The problem today… Some ppl might have a mental health problem but never even realise. I suspect one close friend of mine might have it.

I have edited the poll to temporary allow changes, I will re-edit after you have changed your vote.

BTW are polls anonymous ?
Yes 100% anonymous.

Yes no one can see who has voted, only % for each one. That is very true, the best thing is to offer your support and sometimes explain to them that you think there is a problem, they may not have wanted to face it alone, or on there own.

Have done so.
Thank you :slight_smile:

Stigma is still huge in mental illness, during my time at medical school we would talk about what specialty we wanted to go for, most choose surgery etc., when I said psychiatry it was words like why do you wanna work with nutters, psycho and a lot more. My dad is proud of me, I decided when I was young I wanted to work in mental health, people with mental illness, are exactly that normal people with an illness, it’s just people cannot see it, unlike cancer.

i am also curious whats considered mental ilness or just being stubborn or being paranoid or just avoiding social interactions or just being sarcastic or just down ???

Hi Tony,
Just a suggestion for clarity with the poll question, which is entirely up to you. :-La
Currently “Mental Illness - one in four do”
Suggestion “Do you have or know someone with a Mental Illness?”

What are mental health problems?

Some mental health problems are described using words that are in everyday use – for example, ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety’. The most commonly diagnosed forms are depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression), schizophrenia, personality disorders and eating disorders. Common behaviours and symptoms associated with mental health problems include self-harm, suicidal thoughts and panic attacks.

Depression, anxiety, OCD, Schizophrenia, psychotic depression, and loads more. People with depression sometimes lock themselves away from society, they do not wash, eat or drink for weeks. Paranoid is associated with psychosis, schizophrenia - they think the FBI are watching them, people can read their thoughts. And there is life threatening depression where people will try and commit suicide every time they can, that’s why we have the power to section people and force treatment as most lack insight; they think they are not ill etc.,

That’s great captinsticks I have changed it - thank you! :slight_smile:

I see. Thank you.

It is difficult as many (and many do) think they will loose family and friends, we did a poll last year about Christmas Cards - we asked several hospital and several psychiatric hospital to note how many people received get well cards or a Christmas card nearly everyone did in normal wards people with cancer, broken legs, but only 12 out of 310 patients in psychiatric wards received a get well or Christmas card

Tony those statistics are very sad indeed, it does not seem fair on those patients. :cry:

Edit: I have voted.

These days it seems that almost any idiosyncracy gets classified as a mental illness. It’s getting out of hand in my opinion. I guess you can tell that I put little faith or trust in the science. Many times more problems are caused then are fixed. Again, just my opinion.