Mental Health: Mental Illness A Disorder? Yes Or No?

Mental Health: Mental Illness A Disorder? Yes Or No?

Mental health care has been a contestable and elusive topic to focus in research. This has been categorized with stigma and misunderstanding of mental health as an illness just like any other.  Previous research have just enumerated the adverse effects of not attending to the mental illness but not revealed a close look with a mention of method to approach to control the menace that is ravaging the entire society. The ideal challenge is that the victims or the sick are subjected to “sickness” that prominently discourages them from seeking medication in health facilities. The society view of mental illness especially the African Americans have made the fight against the disorder quiet unfruitful, since it’s treated as a societal skewers rather that controllable disorder.

Mental illness in Military

This study is subjected to two groups’ active soldiers in different ranks, who share their recommendation to increase the positivity in seeking medical attention in case of mental illness. The effect of stigma is significant in the modern society, we have lived to watch/see/experienced fellow human being suffers but few think of the disorder as sickness rather is seen a permanent transformation.  Government institution such as military, civil servants are not spared by the same, but shockingly the mitigation module has never been designed. According to Goffan,  stigma is characterized by victims being not accorded full social acceptance leading them to have negative thoughts about, this leads to the victims unable to even attend medical facilities, because the attitude directed them , is negative.

Mental illness is caused by issues such as depressions alcohol abuse, family issues and other social –related factors. This research reiterates the need to come up with military based program to help soldiers out the mental illness. Nevertheless the soldiers noted that there was a need to come up with a “buddy systems”, where fellow soldiers can recognize the mental illness in a colleague  soldier and quickly engage in a conversation before serious implication are felt. According to the study there is need to bring the facilitator and facilities to conduct a complete the process of medical illness inside the military bases.

The question that the researchers are prominently stating is “why are we treating mental illness as irreversible?” researchers looks into factors that could be leading to the society developing such disoriented altitudes towards the ill. This stigma has direct relationship with the age, race but just seems to be uniformly distributed. The elderly are not also spared by this negative attitude rather are in centre of the heat, much empathy should be given to the elderly, especially by government institutions.

The learning point here is mitigation approach of the mental illness challenge is coming up with an inclusive discussion, so that the victims understand that their condition is controllable and that a professional approach can help. The peer to peer discussion seems to be an ideal approach of resolving the long lasted challenge of killing the spread of mental illness.


Mental illness management is centered in various factors that actually contribute its prevalence, to mention a few; attitude and stigma are leading contribution factors of the increased difficulty in facing the menace. Soldiers as reported in the research are serious victims of mental illness. Among the soldier the reported metal illness cases have not only been high but quite given a deaf ear by the relevant authorities. In reference to the report the minority of the soldier however been victims, never see the need to visit medical facilities.  The next focus of the research should be squarely on coming up with strategies that will increase medical attention to people affected by the disorder.  The soldiers recommend programs that will change the perception and attitude among the soldiers, which are not military based.




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Patrick Mukunzi


The Author is Passionate statistician and aspiring Actuary, with much interest in Writing motivational and health related articles.

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