Why do you need Mental Health ...

Every day we learn of suicide and individuals engaging in mass murder. Most of these individuals actually suffer from mental illness. From the youngest to the oldest all are at risk when it comes to mental illness. So what do we do in times like this? We provide Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First […]

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When does Psychological First ...

  The world is going through a crisis. From disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, traumatic events, ongoing discrimination towards sections of society, criminal activities etc. causes a large number of victims and affected family members of such victims undergo a major psychological breakdown. At times like this Psychological First Aid helps to prevent their health from […]

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Mental Health First Aid

In a first aid an injured person is given essential help until a professional medical treatment is given. The main aim of a first aid is to save life, prevent any kind of further harm, promote recovery and provide comfort. Mental health first aid (MHFA) does the same for individual developing mental health problems. Mental […]

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What are the other medical pro...

Dementia refers to a loss of mental function which compromises a person’s cognitive thinking. It results in declining memory and linguistic skill as well as behavioural changes. It is a progressive disease caused by brain damage. This means that the symptoms and effects will progressively worsen over time. The effects can range from physical or […]

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Say No to Cocaine in all forms...

We live in a world where taking cocaine is trendier than fashion. Its availability and use is not limited to a certain class of the society or an age group. The ‘Happening’ drug is easily available at the hidden corner of the street nearby. Whether it is to boost self-esteem or just succumbing to peer-pressure, […]

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Identifying and Treatment of Mental Illness and Depression

The typical reaction of a person who is advised to consult a psychiatrist is ‘am I mad’ there are lot of myths and misconceptions about persons needing psychiatric help and the role of psychiatrist with them.
Among the ailments affecting mankind mental illness is the least understood both among the public and sadly even among the doctors. Mental illness is very common and easily treated. It is a precursor to various ailments and a lot of expensive tests and unnecessary medications can be avoided if the problem is identified early.

Following are certain facts/ behavior of mental illness.
Mental illness is an ailment which needs to be treated clinically (like diabetes hypothyroidism etc.) contrary to popular beliefs mental illness cannot be mitigated by yoga, meditation, witchcraft, black magic, prayer, poojas and any other religious rituals. It is very important to note many of the times YOGA, MEDITATION will aggravate the severity of mental illness.

The following abnormal behavior also constitutes mental illness in varying degrees such as abusive, assultive behavior, short tempered, laziness not engaged in any work, unable to persist in any work or vocation, unable to succeed in any endeavor. Constantly blaming time and others especially family member for their failure etc.

Individuals undergoing multiple doctor consultations multiple tests, taking self medication for chest pain, stomach pain, neck and low back pain, headache without an apparent diagnosis of disease.

All doctors say ‘nothing is abnormal’ but still they are suffering. At one point of time the family member also get frustrated and fails to hear their problems. They feel ‘nobody understands my physical sufferings’ ‘Even doctors do not understand’.

It is also a form of mental illness termed as somatization hypochondriasis. It is very important to understand that their suffering, like pain are real, not imagination(or) over representation.

They need sympathy from family members. Empathy and scientific treatment from a good physician or psychiatrist.

Repetitive irresistible and unwanted thoughts of sex and violence. Like “sexual organs come into my thought when praying to god” “sexual thoughts come into my mind when talking with somebody who are my sister others status.”

Obsession with perfection, orderliness, cleanliness, repeated washing of hands and spending hours in bathroom, constant and repeated checking, counting etc.

Even children apart from autism dyslexia etc are also known to suffer from mental illnesses like depression anxiety psychosis obsession etc.

Scientific evidence says that a 2 year old baby can be suffering from depressive disorder. But the manifestation cannot be as in adults like sleep disturbances decreased appetite sex etc.

For 2 yrs old baby depression manifest as failure to thrive, poor feeding, incessant cry.

During adolescent age depression manifest as drug abuse, sexual confusions, self inflicting behavior.
Because of our cultural and social concept that man should not cry women should not laugh. Men’s depression mostly manifests as alcoholics and women’s depression mostly manifests as hyper religiosity.

So many people could have a better quality of life if only they recognized and acknowledged the symptoms of mental illness and sought psychiatric help early. With so much advancement in modern psychiatry and being a well researched subject it is an emergency need for our society to use mental health progression services.
Seek early help and lead better quality of life.
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