Business Mantra : Faridabad
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Do not pass on mental health issues as everyday emotions
We all encounter emotional ups and downs every day. But how can you tell if that stress, sadness or anxiety is just part of life or something more? It can be easy to tell yourself or someone else to “move on “or “look at the brighter side of things”; however, for someone dealing with mental health challenges, this can dangerously mask or minimize a serious illness. The stigma attached to mental illness can prevent you or someone you know from seeking help so it’s no surprise that many of us who have experienced depression or anxiety at one time or another have never sought professional help. The more educated you are about mental illness, the greater the chance you will seek the support you need (or encourage a loved one or colleague to get help) before the issue becomes more serious. For example we all get anxious before a big day but if these worries start interfering with everyday life then do not ignore. Watch out for long periods of intense worry, physiological responses like shaking, muscle tension, rapid heart rate, dizziness, perspiration, cold hands and feet, shortness of breath and insomnia. Similarly, we all can feel sad sometimes. But if the state of sadness lasts for two weeks or more and the individual is not able to perform everyday tasks then one needs to explore a probable mental health problem such as depression. Therefore, it is important to not completely ignore emotions of this kind.
- Be supportive of family/friends/colleagues with a mental health issue
The first reaction of our loved ones is to try to solve the problem or say things like “don’t worry”. You’ll definitely be more helpful by being available and supportive than trying to take away the illness or distress. Dismissing the situation will only slow the recovery down and possibly close off the lines of communication. Instead, focus on listening to what your loved one is really saying, reserve judgment and offer words of empathy and encouragement. Suggest your loved one to seek help from a mental health professional. However, ensure that you do this without offending the person. If possible accompany your loved one for the visit to the professional. Doing this can remove some of the stigma associated with mental health in India.
- Mental health is as important as your physical health
Both physical and mental health contribute to our overall well-being. Just like we take care of our physical health by eating well, exercising, seeking medical help if there is a disease; similarly we need to work towards our mental health by managing stress, cultivating positive thoughts and seeking support in case of problems.
- Having a mental health issue does not mean it is your fault
Mental illnesses are both due to environmental and hereditary factors. In fact there are enough studies to show that they are often genetically linked. What is important is to accept that there is a problem and seek timely support to manage the disease effectively. In India many people do not accept that there is a problem and therefore never seek appropriate guidance which could have helped them take care of the issue and live a healthy life.
- With timely intervention most mental health issues can be taken care of
For most people with a mental illness there are a range of treatment options available. Medical science has made great progress in understanding the chemical causes of mental illnesses and therefore there are enough medicines available to manage common mental health issues, which can be prescribed by a psychiatrist. Along with medical intervention sometimes regular counseling with a psychological counselor also help in recovering from an issue. Many times only regular counseling and therapy can help one recover. And most importantly, a supportive network of family and friends can encourage successful recovery from a mental illness and prevent a relapse.
It is important that we are aware of these facts so that we can help eradicate the stigma associated with mental health and promote better health and well-being for ourselves and our loved ones.