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Why is Mental Illness a taboo subject in India?
  07 Jul'2020

What is the first thing which comes to your mind when you get a cut? When you fall down while running and cut open your leg and it starts bleeding, what do you do? when you are roughhousing with your friends or fighting with someone and get a bad cut on your forehead, what are you taught to do? First aid, right? Yes, whenever we receive any kind of physical damage, the first priority is to wash that wound, then sanitize it, and then give the required medical attention, which may be as simple as applying an ointment or maybe a bit serious like applying some stitches to close the open wound. This is what we have been taught from our childhood, which is a very sensible thing, but what happens when the wound is not about any physical damage but something which has hurt us emotionally or psychologically?


As we all know, India got its political freedom in 1947 due to the work and sacrifices of countless brave hearts. They gave us this freedom so that we become free from all kinds of unhealthy bondage and live a life filled with happiness and satisfaction. They taught us to treat each other equally, no matter the gender, the caste, or the financial background. They dreamt that every Indian would have a free mind which will always strive for the betterment of themselves and the others. But, even 70 years after our independence, we still find people looking down on each other, shaming each other, and having an unhealthy attitude with others. Why is this so?


Like the five fingers in our hand, no person is exactly similar to the next person. They have different pasts and experiences which leave a substantial impact on that person which gives them a unique personality of their own. One may not know what impacts the mental health of another person. What words he is sensitive too and what hurts him the most. Any person can be suffering from a mental illness from within. Our society is not so forgiving and empathetic. Still today, people who come forward with their mental health issues, they are considered to be weak and are often looked down upon. Even we are educated, we still lack this sensitivity towards other people. These are among some of the challenges faced with insuring mental illness.


There are many kinds of mental illness which are still considered a taboo in India. some of them are mentioned below:-


1. Anxiety disorders - Adolescence anxiety levels when increases are a major source of mental illness. This happens due to social phobias like agoraphobia and claustrophobia, panic attacks, and other problems. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD ) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ( OCD) also have severe effects in increasing the anxiety of a person. If these problems are left untreated, they cause severe health issues later in life.


2. Bipolar affective disorder – Also known as bipolar depression or manic depression, causes a person to experience periods of depression and elation. The exact cause of this problem is still unknown but genetic predisposition has been established.


3. Obsessive-compulsive disorder – A person becomes obsessed with certain images or impulses that cause him to take erratic actions. This can be treated by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)


4. Paranoia – People often suffer from a constant fear that someone out there is “coming after you.” This erratic behavior may be due to his delusional disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and in the most extreme case, schizophrenia. To treat these kinds of acute problems, professional psychological support from psychiatrists.


5. Depression – The most common cause of mental disorder that people suffer from is depression. Often in life, we come across situations that make us feel incredibly sad, we find it hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel and we lose all hope. We lose interest in life and do not get enjoyment in any activity. The severity of depression depends on form people to people and from time to time. Depression has an awfully bad influence on people. They often have suicidal thoughts. They see suicide as the easiest way out of all the
problems he is facing in life.


People should take care of their mental health in the same way they take care of their physical health. They should seek professional help who will diagnose their problems and suggest the best way to recover from that illness. It may be psychiatric care or certain medications. Among antidepressants, Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most popular. These antidepressants give the patient relief from mild to acute depression and are one of the safest and have minimal to no side effects on the consumer.


Serotonin is a chemical messenger that transports signals between the brain and the nerve cells. SSRIs increase this level of serotonin in the consumer’s brain and thus improves the transmission. These medicines can also be used to cure other mental illness apart of depression, like anxiety disorders.


To raise awareness of the different mental health issues which various people suffer, World Mental Health Day is observed on the 10th of October every year. This day gives all the people who are working to provide a better atmosphere for people who wants to cure their psychological issues and allows them to lead a happy life.


Narayan Seva Sansthan works every day to provide people suffering from different problems a way to cure their issues. Whether it is a physical problem or a psychological one, NSS welcomes everyone with open arms and give them the necessary medical aid. They have professional and experienced doctors and state of the art technology which gives the patients the care they have been longing for. Everything the Sansthan does, they do with love and care and treat every patient equally.

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