What is a Panic Attack?

A woman named Bella in her mid 30’s was once rushed to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. She was profusely sweating and she felt like her heart was racing at one instance, such that she was unable to take a breath. She and her husband were certain that, she had a heartache. But, […]

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Internet Addiction

Do you play video games on the Internet in overabundance? Are you enthusiastically shopping online? Can’t physically quit checking Facebook? If your answer is yes for any of these questions, you may have the internet addiction.   The world which we live in today is full of advanced technological inventions. Nowadays education, entertainment, communication, and […]

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Is Schizophrenia Genetic?

All of us are aware of how genetics plays an important role in various illnesses. But, have you ever imagined as to what has heredity to do with Schizophrenia? This is one of the common questions many people ask whether schizophrenia is a hereditary disease. The answer is yes and no! Yes, Schizophrenia does have […]

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Guide for caregivers for Schiz...

Schizophrenia can affect an individual to an extent that they turn incapable to taking care of themselves. At this time, the role of a caregiver, family or friend, becomes important. Taking care of an individual with schizophrenia can be very difficult as they can get aggressive or rigid suddenly due to their symptoms. Medications and […]

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Food Addiction

Is your loved one eating in excess, or even more than what is essential for their proper nutrition or a healthy living? Then, it may be a sign or indication of food addiction. Here a person perpetually engages in ravaging behaviors of overeating. This is the reason for which some people cannot sway themselves around […]

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Does Dignity Step Back For Stigma In India…?

By: Jose Thomasg2

We are living in a world where people find reasons to criticize and spread rumors around for no reasons, let it can be called as a part of stigma, jealousy or attitude, but life has to move on. In this small note I would like to connect these two factors they are stigma and dignity in mental health.

In older days and even in the current scenario in certain remote areas people find the psychiatric problems as some sort of punishments for the family from God, or some sort of play by an evil spirit or disorder itself for which people generally use the term ‘Mental’.

I have been observing this even before I thought of coming to this profession that anyone who approaches a psychiatrist or a psychologist or get in to any sort of psychiatric treatment gets labeled as mental or pagal. This is completely out of stigma where people have failed to have the correct information or we can say lack of civilization like some of the western countries. In countries like United States and Australia the people taking treatment while applying for the job never hesitate to write even the kind of psychiatric medications that they takes in their resume. It is not because of they are American or Australian, its because mental illness is not stigmatized to such high levels and people consider mental illness as any other illnesses which can be treatable and manageable. Where as in our country it all lays in the paper but the society don’t change their attitude towards people diagnosed with mental illness. Here we can link the stigma and dignity. People hide their problems and hesitate to come out for treatment or rehabilitation because of the fear that they may loose their dignity.

Our country is also not that backward in education and its getting civilized day by day, but our people doesn’t want to change their attitude. This change of attitude should start from you, if the person who reads this article do think the same, time is already over to change your attitude towards people with mental illness and make sure if you can help a person to get rehabilitated out any psychiatric problem or when you start respecting them for the efforts they have had to come out the problem, you are the person who really means the word dignity for a human being irrespective of what he is whom you can be at any point of your life…Dignity matters a lot for an individual to get treated and rehabilitated…Let this World Mental Health Day make a change all over.

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