Depression, Addiction, Prostitution, and Eating Disorders
Most of society sees depression as a disgrace or shame and often a taboo, and this is likely one reason why those with depression don't talk about their issues or confront them. There is a lot of confusion about depression, and it is often used as a reference for having a bad day, when in fact it is a very serious life threatening issue. Many people view depression as a condition that people exaggerate or that only affects the weak. Instead of understanding it, many people view depressed people as simply being sad or refusing to be happy, just to gain attention. They might believe depression is an illness people can overcome by thinking more positively. Fortunately, people are beginning to accept depression for what it truly is. The stigma of depression is slowly declining as society becomes more aware of how the mental condition works. Thanks to research on how depression affects the body, people now know more about this problem.
A Message to the Depressed.
Many people believe that addiction is a character flaw or a weakness in a person. Society sees drug and alcohol addiction as something that does no good on society as a whole, but they also believe that their perception is gradually changing for the better. More people are starting to understand that drug and alcohol users should be treated, not blamed and chastised, for their usage. For example, people are increasingly viewing drug addiction as a societal issue instead of a criminal issue. They think that one should be treated by making rehabilitation more accessible for addicts, not by turning them into criminals. In addition to that, those who drink regularly may not see anything wrong with addiction, as long as it is done in a responsible manner. On the other side, some feel that alcohol was what lead to drugs, contributes to too many injuries and deaths, and is strictly opposed to all consumption.
Society sees prostitution as a taboo, and most people think that the government’s current stance of prostitution is the right stance because prostitution is seen as a disgraceful act that downgrades the meaning of sex. They also believe that prostitution promotes violence towards women and is a primary reason for sexually transmitted diseases. On the other hand, some people glorify prostitution mainly because it is seen as a choice, or a risque lifestyle. Prostitutes, strippers, etc are cast as some sort of forbidden, yet highly desirable items or positions. By witnessing them in demand and living luxurious lives, their needs for legal protection, sexual health services and advocacy are downplayed. However, while society glorifies these women, it also passes them as impure and sinful, and this makes it hard for prostitutes to seek the help that they need. They are also seen as victims who come from abusive or neglectful backgrounds, and engage in sexual activity in order to help support themselves or their family financially.
Society views eating disorders as something caused by social or peer pressure. They also think women are more affected by it than men, and that it is used as a coping mechanism for unpleasant or overwhelming emotions and stressful situations. They also tend to view eating disorders as means of becoming thin or attractive like women or models in the media. Anorexia and bulimia are frequently seen as things that are under the personal control of those who suffer from it, and as a result, many people tend to view those with anorexia or bulimia as being responsible for their illness. This stigma normally creates difficulties for people with the disease, including making them more reluctant to seek treatment or help. There are also people that encourage people with eating disorders to continue with their harmful and life-threatening habits. These people view eating disorders as a choice and do not acknowledge it as a serious or fateful illness.