Students tensed about final exam results; professionals not being able to tap the right opportunity; parents facing a hard time dealing with new challenges related to bringing up their children – what do you think that is wrong with today’s generation?
The WHO states, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In simple words, a sound health is the result of a sound body as well as a sound mind. Psychologically speaking, mental health defines an individual’s ability to enjoy life, feel satisfied, and ability to cope with adversaries.
That being said, we won’t be wrong when we say that is rarely the case. Bad mental health or mental illness is affecting almost everyone today, which in turn affects our everyday life. Causes are many! Untimely performance appraisal, neglected efforts, dissatisfaction with job, stressful work conditions, social anxiety, gender discrimination – take your pick. These, and many other factors have resulted in making people vulnerable to mental health, so much so that we have more health and wellness centers than hospitals today.
One might also think how this generation got so depressed as compared to the past generation that has lived through things such as freedom fight struggles, poverty, wars, etc. The answer is quite simple. It existed even then; the only difference is people had bigger problems to deal with
Nevertheless, mental illness is a major disorder and its persistency can even reverse the typical character of a person. It starts by instilling fear, lack of motivation, restlessness, and depression. When the person is left untreated, these psychological problems later develops into major diseases like stress, insomnia, schizophrenia, and even major ones like cardiovascular and cancer.
We must understand that mental health is a real concern and not just a phase that would pass. Therefore, we need to act before it’s late!
Mental health is a real concern and if not treated timely would lead to the following situations:
- They can go into further depression
- They will stop enjoying things like social outing, weekend activities
- They will experience anger more than anyone else and will get irritated for petite reasons
- Sadness will overcast every moment of their life
- Bad effect on both, personal and professional life
- They will stop spending time with their loved ones
- They might attract sleep disorders like insomnia, narcolepsy
- They might get schizophrenic or bipolar
- High probability of acquiring other major diseases like heart attacks, cancer
- They might even think of suicide (shocking, yet true!)
How to treat this disorder, in real?
Not every health problem has a solution yet, but this one does. If you think there is someone you know who is showing symptoms of mental health, take the following steps:
Step 1: Make them understand their illness first
Sufferers would often try to conceal their behavior or downplay their illness. Hence, you must be persistent while expressing your concerns. Use your empathy and positiveness to make them believe. You can have it in the form of an intervention where you could also include families and friends important to them. Unless and until they have properly understood their situation, they will never come to terms about treatment.
Step 2: Suggest treatment options
Next step is to convince them to adopt treatment methods. There is a range of effective treatment mechanisms available to treat mental illness, including Stress Management Medications, Joining a Support Group, Yoga, Meditation, Health and Wellness Programs, etc.
Step 3: Always stay supportive
Always remember that it is not something that can be cured overnight. Therefore, keep calm and stay supportive. Have patience and never forget that they would have done the same for you if the roles were reversed.
If you think that you are also affected is some way by mental health problems, try to go through this blog once again. Also, talk about your problems with your loved ones and adopt recovery methods that have been suggested. Always remember the words of Buddha: