Despite the very fact that mind is an equal part of our body as any other part, why is it that problems associated with rest of the organs are termed as an illness by our society and that associated with our mind and brain, MADNESS?
Why there is such a reluctance to accept that one is suffering from mental illness despite knowing it very well that a large chunk of the population suffers from the same?
Why is it that a cancer survivor termed as a victor and people who resisted suicides and have wonderfully survived even after battling each and every thought that comes to their mind, termed as lunatics?WHY?
WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS?
“NOT ALL WOUNDS ARE VISIBLE”
Common mental disorders include depression which affects 400 MILLION people, dementia, and schizophrenia.”
SOME COMMON MENTAL ILLNESS:
MAJOR DEPRESSION: It is characterized by persistent depressed mood or a loss of interest in all activities.
BIPOLAR DISORDER: A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
DEMENTIA: A group of thinking and social symptoms that interferes with daily functioning.
SCHIZOPHRENIA: A disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel and behave clearly.
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER: Excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions).
AUTISM: A serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.
WHY SUCH RELUCTANCE TO ACCEPT MENTAL ILLNESS?
Often we find social media buzzing with topics on mental illness. It gives us a clear idea of the spread of this problem. But the question is why are people hesitant to seek support or reach out to people?
This is because society still has misconceptions about it. If you reach out to people complaining about panics and depression they think of you as lonely sad individuals who are just over thinking things. It’s sad that the society still fails to accept that anxiety and depression is not a choice, it’s not something which can be cured by their advice of “just chill out and you will be fine”
Society can’t comprehend the constant anticipatory state of mind you possess and how on edge and restless your mind is.
Why don’t we draw analogies with broken bones? After all broken means something that can’t function properly. So if we can have broken bones or limbs why not mind? Because society can’t accept anything wrong with our brain.
This is the reason why people pretend they are all OK because they don’t want to be labeled as lunatics or mad, and this pretending stops the day they can’t take it long and commit suicide, but what then? Does our society understand it then? No COWARD is the term by which they label them now.
Mental Illness just as any other illness needs medication and care. Let us take a step forward to break this stigma towards this issue so that next time people before thinking of taking their lives remember that THEY ARE NOT ALONE.
Breaking this stigma and showing that care is all which can save many lives.