What if Physical Illness Was Treated like Mental Health Illness


Imagine a world in which, physical illnesses like breaking your arm, having the flu, and even injecting yourself daily for diabetes are treated nonchalantly with statements like, “it’s all in your head.”

Today’s blog is inspired by a topic recently featured in a video created by BuzzFeed. The premise for the video is what if physical health problems were treated like mental health problems? The video has received a lot of traction on social media outlets, thankfully bringing to light a very serious topic. It asks the question, “isn’t it time we started taking mental health more seriously?”

In the video, the person injecting themselves with insulin for their diabetes is told, “I don’t think you need to be taking medication just to feel normal, don’t you think it’s changing you.” This is commonly a response individuals with a mental health illness receive, but if we said this to someone with a physical ailment, it would sound ridiculous right? The idea behind this is that just because you can’t see the illness, doesn’t mean it isn’t as significant or as painful as the physical illness.

What if you had the flu and someone told you, “it’s all in your head, are you even trying to get better?” We would dub that as an absurd response, but doesn’t that show that responding to someone’s mental illness in the same manner would be just as absurd?

For many, mental illness is just as gut-wrenching as breaking a physical limb. For those not suffering with anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts this can be difficult to understand. Switchboard understands the need, if you need someone to talk to please call 2-1-1 or 305-358-HELP – its free, confidential, and we are available 24/7.