Health and wellness has become a high profile topic for many. While health issues such as cancer, leukemia, HIV, and other illnesses that have been discussed at great length within the media, news channels, magazines, and even in informational packets at the doctor’s office, there are many illnesses that people are unaware that they may have. Many illnesses do not have noticeable side effects but can be just as debilitating as an illness that is obvious. This article will identify 3 hidden illnesses in a world that has hundreds.
- Depression. Mental health is a topic that many do not discuss openly with others. The unspoken stigma and shame that society portrays for those who suffer with depression or anxiety keep it so that people do not want to discuss it. Depression is a condition where a person experiences a sense of low self esteem or helplessness over a period of time. They may withdrawal from social activities, sleep a lot, or lack focus or enthusiasm for things they once loved. Depression can be caused by traumatic events in one’s life, a change in hormones, substance abuse, or even genetics. Helping your friend or loved one understand that they are not alone and that there is help available is the first step in the person getting the help they need to get better.
- Sexually transmitted diseases. While some diseases are easy to spot because of symptoms that are noticeable on the skin, face, or body parts, sti’s such as syphilis are not identifiable by the patient let alone the outside world. If you are sexually active, it is recommended to get tested for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections on an annual basis. Some diseases could potentially lead to cervical cancer if not tended to right away. If you are a college student, the health clinic on campus is a great resource and can offer services at a low price that are confidential. If you are not a college student, be sure to check out local resources such as Planned Parenthood or give your doctor a call. Scheduling an annual check up may no longer be recommended by healthcare providers, but you can still request to have one. Being in tune with your health is always a good idea regardless of whether or not you are visibly ill or completely healthy.
- Lyme disease. This bacterial disease is spread by ticks and can have long-term effects on your skin, joints, heart, and nervous system. Symptoms may be noticeable such as a rash around the bitten area, however it is possible that there are not visible signs. A person could feel as if they suddenly have arthritis, experience inconsistent heart rhythms, or even have swollen glands. If you feel weird after spending some time in the outdoors, it is best to seek medical treatment right away.
While we only identified a few hidden illnesses in this article, there are many more out there. When interacting with others, always keep in mind that while you may not be able to see a noticeable illness, that does not mean that the person is completely healthy. If someone seems to be in a bad mood or is irritable, they could be dealing with a hidden illness, problems at home, or other things that can induce stress. When in doubt, it is always best to take the high road and be kind.