As much as we focus on physical ailments that can be seen on MRIs, CTs, or other radiology imaging, there are also illnesses that aren't as easily recognized. Just because these illnesses can't be tested as quantitatively as others doesn't mean they are any less important, although sometimes patients with these illnesses don't feel as important or validated. One of the biggest groups of patients who feel this way is the community of people with mental illnesses.
Mental health is somewhat of a black sheep in our field. It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about, something whispered about in corners or waved off as not being a legitimate “medical illness”. Anyone who has struggled with depression and anxiety, however, can tell you with certainty that they’re complex diseases that are incredibly difficult to treat, overwhelming to overcome, and have significant negative impacts on the daily lives of the individuals battling them.
Part of the problem is that people who have never experienced mental health disorders like depression or anxiety simply just don’t […]