Mental Illnesses Are Real And We Need To Talk About Them

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 Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make decisions. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood to adulthood.

The term mental health is commonly used in reference to mental illness. However, knowledge in the field has progressed to a level that appropriately differentiates the two. Although mental health and mental illness are related, they represent different psychological states.

India is the second most populated country of the world with the population of over 1.25 billion.  Do you know that around 6-7% of the population lives with mental health problems which means over 70 million people? And this number is increasing every year. These people face challenges in their everyday life and the number is increasing day by day.

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There are many different types of mental conditions that are recognized as mental illnesses. Some common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Often these things lead to suicidal thoughts. A suicidal thought is one of the most frightening problems which need immediate treatment.

It can be possible someone in your family or one of your friend or you may be suffering from mental health problem but you don’t know that as we don’t have much knowledge about it. Often we know but don’t want to accept as people having mental illness are not treated equally in India. Often they face discrimination in their surroundings even in families. They face poverty, homelessness and unemployment due to discrimination. A mentally ill person is still referred as crazy or mad person or a “pagal” which is a common word used in India. This is the saddest part. Instead of helping those people we often make fun of them.rejected-teen-e1372190969602

 

Having a mental illness really doesn’t mean a person is mad or crazy though. It just means he or she has a problem, similar to a medical disease, which needs treatment. Why can’t we accept that suffering from mental health problems is like any other health diseases? People with mental health problems can get better or recover completely. But there is a lack of mental health facilities available in our country.

You may suspect that your friend or relative has mental health problem by the way he or she is acting. If you are unsure about you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem.

Some warning signs of mental illness:

  1. Eating or sleeping disorder i.e. too much or too little eating or sleeping
  2. Pulling away yourself from people and usual activities
  3. Having low or no energy
  4. Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  5. Having unexplained aches and pains
  6. Feeling helpless or hopeless
  7. Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  8. Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  9. Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  10. Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  11. Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  12. Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  13. Thinking of harming yourself or others
  14. Inability to perform daily tasks

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As soon as you are quite sure that your friend is suffering from depression, anxiety or any other disorder, you should encourage him or her to see a doctor. Your friend may be denying that there is a problem or maybe even embarrassed to admit that there is a problem. Encourage your friend every day by pointing out his strengths and help him to build his confidence level again. The encouragement of a friend may be all that your friend needs to seek help. Give your friend hope by reminding him that the way he is feeling is only temporary. People who suffer from mental disorders often feel like things will never get better, but you can remind them that this is not the truth.

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For helping people facing any kind of problem regarding mental health an IIT student Richa Singh has created a website called yourdost.com which provides counseling and psychological solutions online by experts.

Some organizations such as Live Love Laugh founded by bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and other NGOs have come forward to help people suffering mental health problems.

Links are given below:

http://www.thelivelovelaughfoundation.org/

https://www.yourdost.com/

We all know that prevention is better than cure; so we can have a strong and positive mental health by a healthy lifestyle and a positive mind.

Some ways to maintain positive mental health:

  • Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying positive
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep

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97 thoughts on “Mental Illnesses Are Real And We Need To Talk About Them

  1. mental illness is serious problem in our country. Anxiety , depression are just part of our fast life style. And I like the ways to maintain positive mental health ……

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    1. thank you ratul for reading my blog post.. keep maintaining this positivity towards life.. it will help you to maintain a healthy mind.. i hope u can see posts on anxiety and depression very soon.. 🙂

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  2. I write on this subject a lot. Medication can only eliminate the symptoms. There are many causes that need to be eliminated.

    I am doing my bit to provide support to people on Quora. Many around the world have reached out to me. They just need someone to hear them out.

    Bless you Rashmi for making people aware though this blog. You take care of yourself.

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    1. Thank you Sudhir for doing such wonderful job. Keep doing these things for those people who need help. If you think I can help you about this matter, please ask me. It will be my pleasure. 🙂

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  3. Hi Rashmi, it is very interesting to hear of experiences faced by people with mental health issues in other parts of the world. It really is a global issue. For me I’ve had anxiety and depression for a lot of years, and awareness here in the UK is on the rise, but it still has a long way to go. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. I’m new to it, but finding it really helpful to share my experiences with others.

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    1. Thank you so much Carl for reading my blog post.. I’m feeling proud of you as you share about your depression and anxiety.. People most of the time hesitate to share their problem which is one of the biggest problems in these cases..The best thing you are doing is sharing your experiences to other people.. It will give confidence or help other people to deal with mental health problems..I’m glad to know that you find my posts helpful.. I’ll try to write more posts on these kind of topics.. 🙂

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      1. That’s very kind of you to say Rashmi. I really do hope it encourages other people too. My blog is a bit of a mix of topics, but I’ll continue sharing my experiences with openess and honesty 😊

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  4. Really nice article. Although there are more and more organizations try to help people who have mental health issue but it still a long way to go. The pressure from school, social life and family cause the high rate of suicide. I saw research shows that one in every five children has been found to suffer from mental health issues. According to the World Health Organization, this number is expected to increase by at least 50 percent by the year 2020, with cases of neuropsychiatric disorders increasing. So it is really important to help them as early as possible! That is why I run the blog to increase the mental health awareness of kindergarten parents too.

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    1. Thanks for reading this post.. Completely agree with you.. You are doing a great job.. I’ll definitely read your posts and recommend others also to read… 😀

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  5. You have a very beautiful website. I look forward to coming back and reading more. Please stop by mine and if you like, follow back.

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  6. Rashmi,
    I loved your post! I have a severe mental illness, that I talk about on my blog, “breathinglifewithocd.com”. Thank you for making it so clear that mental illness needs treatment just like a physical illness. I hope you’ll look at my blog and let me know what you think; I go into great detail about my OCD and what I’ve been through. I really appreciate this post! Take care!!

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    1. Thanks for reading my blog post Anne.. You are doing a wonderful job by writing topics about mental health.. Keep writing… I’ll definitely read your blog posts… 🙂

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  7. As a student who aspires to be psychiatrist, I can feel each and every word that you’ve written. Mental illness is considered a dogma. A person is mentally ill doesnt necessarily mean that he/she is mentally retarded. There are so many problems and cases that I’ve gone through where I wouldn’t have imagined that the patient was suffering from mental illness.

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  8. The thing that scares me most is the stigma of coming out and telling people. I also believe that men such as myself have a tougher time (although strictly internal) letting these things out in fear of society deeming us less of a man. I think we need to “man” up and tell people what is really wrong to allow some of this pressure to be released. I also feel that telling our story is a great strength as this shows people that we are not alone. I am starting to tell mine, it is tough to start, but it feels great to let pressure off your shoulders.

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    1. Thank you for reading my blog post and sharing your feedback… It may seem difficult to speak about the stigma you are going through to others. But, believe me there is no shame or fear to tell about your mental illness. It is like any other physical diseases.. You have taken the right decision to tell your problem to others.. If other people don’t know about it how they can help you.. Hiding is not the solution of any problem. If you want to solve it, you have to face it..

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  9. This is a great post and I agree with you 100%, this is exactly what my blog is all about! We need to work together and help those around us instead of bringing each other down.

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  10. I wrote a blog on the Brain on mental illness and how it effects how people like me who have mental illness I want to know everything I can and why it happen to me I live a life of staying positive and I stay away from what I call Toxic people

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    1. Thanks for reading this post WildAllyKat… I’ll definitely read your blog post… Yes, people should be surrounded by positive people and avoid toxic people as much as they can… I hope you will recover from it very soon… I’m extremely sorry for the late reply…

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  11. Thank you for this! Been struggling with anxiety for the majority of my life. It’s such a challenge to not let it affect me or the things that I want to do.

    My sister left college on a medical leave for bipolar. Why is mental health such a scary thing even today?? Awareness is key!

    Megan

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    1. Thank you for reading my blog post Megan… It’s my pleasure that this post helped you somehow.. I felt very bad for your sister.. Support her and tell her this kind of problem is quite natural and it will be completely cured by medical help and diagnosis… Mental health disorder is not scary.. Though it is a serious problem, but it is common like any other disease…

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