Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mental Health

When we talk about being healthy or staying fit, most of us have "weight loss" or "physical appearance" in mind. "Mental Health" is the most rarely used term in our day to day lives. Be it our schools, television, media... we talk about being physically fit, but why not mentally as well?  Why is being mentally at peace so underrated?

There are different types of mental health issues; depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, Bipolar disorder, panic attacks, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder to name a few. Mental Illness directly affects mood, behavior and thinking.

The biggest problem is that people suffering from mental illness are not aware about it. Symptoms can be as generic as feeling sad or down, excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt, extreme mood changes of highs and lows, withdrawal from friends and activities, problem sleeping.

Also, even if they are aware about it, they hesitate to visit a psychiatrist assuming visiting a psychiatrist means you are weak, flawed or crazy. It's the fear of being labelled. They may also be skeptical about what details about the past will the psychiatrist ask, should go through endless sessions, psychiatrist may just hand out pills and so on....

What do we do when we have mental health issues? Reach out, express, consult a psychiatrist, realize how important it is to be mentally fit and make efforts to overcome your health issues. Make sure you connect with people around as it can be isolating in that phase. Meditation has also proved to be helpful. Do what you like, and accept yourself without self-hate.

After all it's only you who can gain control of the rush of thoughts going on in your head. Easier said than done...It’s all in your head!