Decoding Mental Health


We must have heard the term mental health being thrown around the internet quite a lot but have we really understood its meaning in its broader sense. It is a serious issue that is still considered a taboo around the world in many places. Families struggle to accept when their child faces any mental health issues and continue to disregard the importance of supporting the individual during this tough phase of their lives. Mental health includes and prioritizes our emotional, psychological, and social well – being. Our mood and behaviour is impacted drastically due to this as we may incur violent or mild mood swings and the constant urge to take a nap or be idle. Consulting a therapist during the early signs or symptoms is the best solution anyone can offer; professional help is much needed before its too late.


while there is a vast area that is to cover when you study about mental illnesses, a few of them stand out quite a bit, some common some not so common. Now let’s look at some of the most common ones:

1. Depression – Depression can cause frequent lowering of a person’s mood and the urge to not do anything.
2. Anxiety Disorder – anxiety disorder is the feeling of intense anxiety or panic given any stressful situation that can also transform into physical reactions such as finger scrunching, or foot tapping.
3. Bipolar – Bipolar causes extreme mood swings sometimes depressively low while on the other times manically high.
4. Schizophrenia – Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally, it may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behaviour that impairs daily functioning.
5. Eating Disorder/Anorexia – Anorexia is a mental health issue that makes a person obsessed with their weight and what they eat, it can make them eat very little or even too much for a person.
6. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – obsessive compulsive disorders tend to make a person very adamant on having particular things to their liking, OCD often centres on themes such as a fear of germs or the need to arrange objects in a specific manner. Symptoms usually begin gradually and vary throughout life.


Whenever we start to feel the symptoms of mental illnesses, it is very important to seek professional help and not wait out for too long. We all might face little episodes of feeling down, or having anxiety but when these start to multiply or appear more frequently or on a wider scale, that is when we know that we require help. Supressing these feelings would lead to drastic consequences in terms of mental or physical pain, trouble and trauma. You should discuss and talk openly about these feelings and thoughts with your family and friends. Taking frequent naps, resting and giving yourself some time to lay back can also help you to take appropriate and informed decisions.


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