10 october extols mental health throughout the world as mental issues are environing mankind. With the increase in the number of technological equipment life has become easier than expected and at the same time social media is growing enormously to connect people of the world together to glorify as a global village. We are being connected through calls and chats, communication is slowly dropping out of sight. Engaging in social media and procrastinating sleep habits has created an impact in the health of the people.
Insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, depression are some common words to our ears. We have heard enough about them still we are unaware.We often say “I am depressed today”, “ My job is so depressing”, “ This room appears depressing to me “ these examples are quite common and we are habitual of hearing it twice, thrice or hundred times by our family members, friends and colleagues.
Are they really depressed ? What does it feel like to be depressed? What exactly is depression? How does an individual go through different phases of depression? How do they react to different situations? Answers which need to be understood not only because we can save lives of people but also because we ourselves might not be aware if we have one of them.
Dr Pradeep Pandey, who is a neuropsychiatrist and serves as a consultant in Alka hospital. He has been addressing the significance of mental health for more than 10 years as a doctor. He is a gold medalist in Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology.With fathomless knowledge about mental disorders and mental illness he has been helping many unhealed souls to heal and live a meaningful and normal life.
Here, Dr Pradeep Pandey is elucidating some portions of mental health through the discussion between him and i.
What is the basic concept of mental health and why is it important for people to understand mental health and illness?
Dr Praddep Pandey : First of all, mental health issues are predominantly related with the disorders in the brain and mind.In the context of present society it is bounded by certain social stigma, people often deny even if they are suffering from it.They do not consider depression as an illness. They tend to believe in superstitions and misbelief that the intake of medicine impacts negatively to the brain, if it is taken once then it becomes a life long process.Because of these misbeliefs they do not take medical health unless they are at the last stage of their illness which causes difficulty in their proper diagnosis and treatment. In order to save lives and treat them at an early level to avoid extreme sufferings we should spread awareness regarding its significance.
Is there a high probability of a particular age group or gender to be more inclined towards mental illness?
Dr Pradeep Pandey : There is no specific gender or age group to be affected specifically. From children to adults anyone can have mental illness. From the age group of 20 to 40 the people are in majority of being treated.There is a misconception that children and old age people are not affected by it but as i mentioned it can happen to anyone of any age group.
What are the factors responsible for causing depression in the present time?
Dr Pradeep Pandey :There are many causes responsible for depression. Genetic causes can be one. It can be observed as a hereditary character transferred from one generation to another in some of the cases. However the imbalance in the neurotransmitters in our body such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine are also responsible for causing depression. Adding up the environmental condition also plays a role for causing depression it could include physical abuse or any other emotional torture. Drinking alcohol, addiction and abuse of other substances can also lead towards depression.Covid 19 pandemic has also led many people into depression the fear or anxiety of the pandemic itself or other family and financial pressure.
Is there a particular therapy for a particular mental illness ? How do you diagonze it as the symptoms are quite similar to either its Schizophrenia or Bipolar disorder?
Dr Pradeep Pandey: There are a plethora of mental illnesses. Counselling can be implemented as a common treatment for most of the mental illness we call it cognitive therapy or psychotherapy techniques.Depending upon the levels or stages of the illness the medications applied are different.In some cases counselling works best for them whereas in some cases medication is a must by deciphering the duration of illness and other factors of illness it is determined?
Is there any probability of preventing mental illness ?
Dr Pradeep Pandey : Predominantly we should work on our lifestyle. We should sleep, wake up and eat on time.Sleep should not be procrastinated by using social media. Insomnia also leads to depression. One should be focused on sleeping habits and eating habits. We should maintain a healthy diet. We should avoid the intake of harmful and toxic substances such as caffeine, drugs and alcohol. Most importantly, we should use problem solving skills by using our intellect and wisdom to handle situations which help us throughout our life from academic and relationship failure to tackling financial crisis and other major problems of life.So, developing a good problem handling skill is a must.
Can a person with mental illness lead a normal life?
Dr Pradeep Pandey : Definitely one can lead a good normal life even if they have mental illness with the help of medications. More than 95 % of the population are hiding their mental illness and yet living their lives normally. Even doctors, pilots are taking medicines and doing their work. Anxiety is a common problem and it has symptoms like being frightened, being worried, difficulty in breathing, increase in gastritistics, headaches are normal problems that should be accepted that way only. We should not be treating mental illness as an exception; it's quite common. Instead of treating mental illness as insanity it should be accepted as a common problem and which helps to control the illness and severe conditions.
Encapsulating, mental illness is common and curable. The misconceptions regarding mental illness lead the patient's condition to be worse and sometimes even to suicide. The more we will be open about mental health, the more effectively we will be able to be more of a human which environs the quality of understanding each other's suffering and pain. We often see smiles glued up behind the sad faces. One who has lost loved ones due to mental problems understands which path this article is trying to lighten up.
Before the soul crying every night at 2 am far away from the deep sleep muddled in negative emotions and pain of past leaves the world before letting the breeze passing by him or her know, lets ask each other “ HOW ARE YOU?” .When u ask it listen carefully as carefully as you want to be heard.Before the smile fades away with the river flowing beside a forest which might be the last memory of the soul let's ask “ ARE YOU FINE?”
Frantic cry is there only u just need keen ears to hear, they are breaking down every moment u pass by them, all u need is just hands of acceptance and love to hold them and tell them “ its okay to feel this way and u are not alone”. The basic knowledge of mental illness is significant not only for you but also for the loved ones around you.On World Mental Health Day lets pace up together new steps of creating awareness about mental health. Being kind to everyone around us. Ask “ HOW ARE YOU PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY ?”
Life is meaningful when it is lived for others. Living for humanity gives peace to body, mind and soul.