Mental illness is very common and can implicate anyone but there is always a stigma attached to it.This stigma creates a barrier in seeking help and support.Mental illness goes equally in part just like physical ailment.The stigma encircling mental health keeps people away from imploring for help.
Psycho. Weird. Mental. Sicko. Crazy.These terms have become mundane words nowadays. We all have been questioned someday or the other, Are you a psycho? Are you insane or what? These terms are often been using by people randomly as an indirect mode of insult and to stigmatize people with mental problems. Using these words, we fail to realize that we might be hurting people who are in need of any mental support or might be mentally disturbed.People who are been called psycho, weird, mad, sick and such psychologically used words randomly, shall ignore and start making such people realize the need to stop pronouncing such terms.
Mental problems stems from many factors like stress, anxiety, feelings of loneliness, sorrow, conflict in interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, grief, traumatic experience, improper childhood upbringing, social factors like negligence, disliked and so on the list continues. Now all these factors some or the other are responsible for a number of mental disorders like Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mood Disorders like Manic Disorder, Mania Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Personality Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia and so on.
If you start to feel that your emotional health is starting to affect you, it may be time to reach out for additional support. You can reach to an expert such as a psychologist or psychiatrist and find the support you are seeking.Now there lies the fear of feeling embarrassed to prevaricate something you don’t want to share or feel you will be judged.This misconception is needed to be discarded. Every one of us faces situations which are not shareable and keep within own self or suppress .
These are responsible for disturbing your mental health which might become severe in later years. So, it is very important to overcome your fears and do seek help from experts for your own healthy well being. Mental illness can be treated with a variety of effective ways such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and other therapeutic means.
Lastly, mental health should not be considered something of being ashamed of. If it is treated equally just like physical illness, people will be more susceptible to accept easily and open up to empower opportunity for a better life.Positivity can boost your confidence and self-esteem.It keeps stress at bay. You must be confident with your abilities, which makes you win over many unprecedented troubles. You can take vital decisions, whenever you get into any dilemma.Try to focus on the good things.Your attitude towards life should be Carpe Diem.You shine the brightest when you’re authentic to yourself to revitalize and rebuild you.
Author: Rtr Purva Chakravarty
Rotaract Club Of Calcutta