At one point in time, not very long ago, there was a very clear societal stigma when it came to issues of mental health. While mental illness does still carry a stigma, it has proven to have become quite the scapegoat. It is hard to say who exactly is to blame and harder to determine at what point there was such a dramatic change.
Everyone goes through situations that will cause them grief and we all have different ways of coping with these things. Some of us turn to finally use that online casino bonus advertised everywhere, accept the offer of drugs in the nightclub or drown their sorrows in alcohol. However, instead of turning to therapy based treatment, people are beginning to blame mental illness and are looking for a medication that will instantly make them feel better.
For example, women have been proven to be more outwardly emotional. However, a woman who angers quickly or is hurt easily is automatically labeled as being bipolar. She may go to the doctor and relay that she is experiencing mood swings. Mood swings are only one symptom of mental illness however, if proper research is done, it will be revealed that a person that is truly bipolar does not have mood swings seven times daily, in fact periods of depression or mania can last days, months or even years.
Another example, a person is involved in a car accident. They may or may not have been injured. However, now this person is jittery when they drive or are a passenger in a vehicle. When you have a bad experience during the normal course of normal activity, it is normal to be skittish for a bit. However, they may be diagnosed as having PTSD. A person with PTSD will emphatically try to avoid certain situations and may even experience flashbacks.
The fact of the matter is that there is no happy pill that will cure all ailments. Issues will not disappear without the proper use of therapy and learning coping skills.