Consequences of Not Seeking Treatment for Mental Illness
The findings of many studies have pointed toward the negative consequences of people not seeking treatment at the onset of mental illness. Given the initial mild condition at the start, mental illness tend to get worse over time. These are some consequences of not seeking treatments for your mental illness:
1. Worsening issues: More than 50% of people experience deteriorating mental state when it’s left untreated.
2. Development of long-term physical issues: Due to untreated mental effects on anxiety, stress, depression, nervousness, etc., other physical problems such as aching, body pain, heart attack, headache, stroke, obesity, etc., could happen.
3. Worsening quality of personal relationships: A lot of people experience isolation, losing friends and colleagues, failure to develop new relationships, divorce, etc.
4. Decrease in quality of life: Not seeking treatment could potentially leave the people with difficulties in coping with their daily life. Potential life challenges include the inability to show up for work, completing projects on time, chores, etc.
5. Increase chances of breaking the law: People with mental illness have a higher tendency of not conforming to the law and other social norms.
6. Increase risk of accidents: People with mental illness have a higher tendency for all types of accidents that could be serious that could result in life-changing events.
7. Substances abuse: Substance abuse and substance use disorders such as alcohol use, prescribed medications, and illicit drug abuse are a risk to people with mental illness conditions.
8. Increase chances of suicide: People with untreated mental illness are at a higher risk of self-harm, which includes eventual suicide when the pain is no longer tolerable.
9. Chronic Pain: Mental illness could affect people who may choose to neglect pre-existing health conditions (such as monitoring sugar level for diabetics), and causing potential health problems such as obesity, high cholesterol or blood pressure, etc.
10. Unable to perform at work: Mental illness makes it more challenging to stay focus at work, causing individual performance issues.
11. Increase the chances of being victimized: Mental illness makes people more susceptible to being victimized due to social misconception and bullying.
12. Increase chances of family violence: Some people with mental illness have a higher chance of resorting to violence within the family.
13. Increase chance of homelessness: Being rejected by friends and family members, unable to work on a job that could result in being homeless for people that are not seeking treatment with mental illness.
14. Increase the chance of getting into another mental illness: Single mental illness, when it goes untreated, has a higher chance for people to develop other mental illnesses that will be harder to recover from.