I remember when I was about 8 years old. I always rode a bike in our neighborhood. One time, when I was riding the bike on a ramp while raining, I slipped, rolled, and fell hard on the ground. The incident left me with a long deep wound and a few bruises. The recovery process is long, but the wound was healing. Now, the wound is healed but the scar is still visible. This was the first major damage that I had when I was young. Wounds and bruises are but external damages. It can be seen and treated well until healed.
As the Wikipedia defines it, “Healing is the process of the restoration of health from an unbalanced, diseased, damaged or unvitalized organism.”
The external process of healing is predictable and observable, hence, easier to treat.
What we should focus about is our healing from the inside.
Healing is generally needed if a person is damaged, pained, or wounded. Not only does it happen outside, it commonly happens inside also. As a matter of fact, unseen wounds have a much greater impact to a person than the external damages.
Unseen wounds are internal wounds that are psychological or mental. This can happen for many reasons and can be stimulated by many things. Diagnosing unseen wounds are complicated and most of the time, a person may not even know that they have one and need help.
Here are some common types of mental health problems (by Time to Change):
Anxiety & panic attacks
Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience. You might think of anxiety as feeling stressed, tense, worried, uneasy or scared; most of the time these emotions are not a problem.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that can cause extreme periods of low (depressed) and high (manic) moods. Bipolar used to be called manic depression.
Depression is when someone experiences a low mood that lasts for a long time and affects their everyday life.
An eating disorder is when someone has unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviour around food.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a diagnosis given to someone who experiences obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
A personality disorder can affect how a person copes with day-to-day life and manages relationships, as well as how they feel and behave.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosis given to people who develop a certain set of symptoms following a traumatic event.
Psychosis is a term used to describe when a person perceives the world in a different way to those around them. This can include how a person will experience, believe or view things.
Schizoaffective disorder is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood, thoughts and behaviour. Around one in 200 people develop schizoaffective disorder and some point in their life.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the way a person thinks. Schizophrenia affects around 1 in 100 people and can only be diagnosed by a psychiatrist.
Self-harm is when someone purposely hurts themselves, usually in order to cope with intense emotional distress.
Suicide - when someone intentionally takes their own life – can be very complex.
Whether we admit it or not, we have and probably are still suffering from such things- especially during this time where Coronavirus is plaguing the world. There is no shame in seeking help in any way to help us overcome these internal plagues.
A lot of lives were ended by these. Many famous celebrities were ended by these too.
Now is the time to address these issues and strive for a healthier mind and body.