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Today is mental illness day
Incidence of mental illness is going up in india, a recent study show that every fourth indian might be having some symptom or might have had some symptoms like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias etc.
The reason for increase in number of patient with mental illness is change in life style, increasing day to day stress, break down of joint family structure resulting in less moral support.
One reason for the result of study is increasing awareness about mental ill ness, more and more people are coming out to get treated, more and more are being diagnosed, so those who were hiding their disease and suffering in silence are now getting treatment and enjoying better quality of life.
One reason for hiding mental ill ness has been the taboo associated with it, time has come that we understand that brain too is an organ like any other organ like heart, liver or kidney.
So if heart, liver, kidney can develop malfunction whey not brain? like other organs brain too might have some problem, like heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease any disease with brain too can be treated with medicines and other measures.
There is nothing wrong if you have depression or anxiety, talk to your family members or close friends about it, see a psychiatrist, if you neglect your problem it will only increase with time.
There was a time when any one who went to a psychiatrist was considered" pagal" or" mad, it is not so any more, we must remove the taboo created around mental ill ness and accept them as any other health issue.
Many great people who had mental health issues like schizophrenia, dyslexia, autism, bipolar disorder, organic depression have gone on to win noble prizes, have made great inventions, gone to become heads of states, all this because they got treated in time, used their will power to come over the problem and made best use of their potential.
If you suffer from loss of sleep, unexplained loss of weight, loss of apatite, urge to remain alone all time, loss of interest in work, loss of interest in sex, mood swings, anxiety of going to crowded places, lethargy, un willing to meet new people, you must see a doctor and seek advice.
It is alway very important to have a person with you during the steps of treatment, it may be your wife, mother, father, close friend or some one whom you trust.
Today, lets resolve not to treat mental ill ness as taboo, lets open up and understand that a person with mental ill ness can be treated, with treatment he/she can enjoy a good quality of life and contribute positively to family and community.