If YouTube has taught us one thing, it has be acceptance. YouTube has been a platform for literally millions to share their stories, voice their opinions and finally be heard. From politics to sexuality, physical and mental health, YouTube has started conversations the world has well and truely needed to have. As a result, millions of people have felt more accepted, comforted and confident as they share the stories and lives of YouTube favourites.
The way the world has reacted to mental health has been on of the most drastic and important changes we’ve seen in our lifetime. Whilst there’s still so much work to do, stigma and shame around mental illness is nowhere near as bad as it was and we’re thankful for huge name creators like Zoe Sugg and Grace Victory for talking openly and honestly and breaking down barriers.
We recently devised a quiz where we asked you to match the definition to the mental health term and even we have to admit we found it quite difficult. As a result, we’ve compiled this article featuring five mental health conditions we think we all need to know more about. With around one in three of us suffering from a mental health problem in our lifetime, nothing is more powerful than education.
Body dismorphia is more than just disliking the bit of cellulite on your thighs or wishing you had bigger lips, it’s actually categorised by the NHS as “an anxiety disorder that causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look and to spend a lot of time worrying about their apperance”. As a result, people who suffer from body dismorphia can have very distressing and harmful thoughts regarding their image and self worth.
Someone with body dismorphia may spend a lot of time dieting, be secretive and as a result unable to seek help and even go as far as having cosmetic procedures despite the fact it’s unlikely to relieve their percieved imperfections.
Here, Melanie Murphy discusses the issue and talks through things which may help.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder, or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, has quite a scary sounding name but is not linked to having split personalities. People surrfering from borderline personality disorder struggle with issues with their mood which can have a big impact on their relationships with others. For example, people with the condition tend to suffer with very intense emotions which range from rage to elation, fear to impulsive behaviour. Celebrities such as Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan are thought to suffer from the illness.
Around 1-2% of the US population will suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder and it mainly affects young women. If you want to find out more, HealthGuru have uploaded a really education video that’s under five minutes. We recommend it.
Deperssonalisation is a mental health condition which is mainly defined as someone suffering from out of body experiences and seemingly watching ones life as if it were a movie. People suffering from depersonalisation may experience loss of feeling in certain body parts, unable to recognise their mirror image and feeling like you don’t exist. Episodes may last for mere moments but can go on for much longer periods of time.
Dodie Clark has opened up about having depersonalisation disorder, as well as depression and anxiety.
Orthorexia is a condition which has only been discussed over the past couple of years in the mainstream. Categorised as an eating disorder, those suffering with orthorexia are obsessed with healthy eating or food that they define as “safe”. Not just a need to eat clean and stay fit, those suffering conduct rigid and obsessive rituals with food and often suffer physical health conditions such as a poor immune system as a result.
YouTuber Shu spoke about suffering from the condition in this brave YouTube video.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
We’ve covered seasonal affective disorder on the site before but we’re always eager to raise awareness of the issue which affects so many people in the colder, darker months. Often known as Winter Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorer is defined as periods of low mood, feelings of worthlessness, irritability, having trouble waking up on a morning and many more. Seasonal Affective Disorder can start in early autumn and not end until March the following year.
For more information on Seasonal Affective Disorder and what can be done to help with it, we rate this video by Macalya Cleeves.