While watching Australian Q&A this week, about mental illness, the following was stated in response to why mental illness is not considered as debilitating as physical illness….
WHO – World Health Organisation have stated…
Having severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is the equivalent of being paraplegic, and..
Having severe Depression, is the equivalent of being quadriplegic…
In terms of debilitating impact on life.
My thoughts go further, in stating Complex PTSD – which is more debilitating than uncomplicated PTSD – there will be even further impact.
And for those who have these combined with severe depression, the impact can be even greater.
It is good to see mental illness being talked with much compassion, in a rational manner, where people are stepping up and confirming mental illness, is real and equivalent to physical illness, despite many people in society being unable or unwilling to accept this.
The stigma, ignorance and lack of education, are not valid any longer, as there is an abundance of research and information to educate people.
This also applies to the mental health industry, where stigma and ignorance also exists. And shaming also occurs.
I was also glad to see the issue of child abuse and child sex abuse having a huge impact on mental health throughout adulthood. And how tackling that, would impact greatly on mental health.
Program can be seen here http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s4303400.htm