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Why we should talk about Mental Health?

Why we should talk about Mental health, as when it comes to talking about any form of Mental Illness in our society, it simply leads those raising eyebrows, Shuu…Shhh.. and whispers surrounding one of the most taboo-ist reality we co-exist with.

Depression has no face but depression is for real. I repeat. The struggle is real and even doing mundane tasks like getting out of the bed and having a bath becomes like a cumbersome task for an individual.

Depression is not sadness, like it appears to be for many; It is not synonymous with being lazy or laid back. Sadness could last for a while, for a day but the feeling of depression could last a little longer, maybe months or years. 

Mental Health Matters

Depression differs with different people, it is hard to believe that a person is even struggling hard to get up from the bed every morning, no not because he is lazy but because it traps him inside his mind, he is struggling and hustling every day. Trying to fight his inner demons every day.

Depression is not a choice we make but a daily deal we try to crack with ourselves to come out of it. A person posting amazing selfies on social media might go through depression and anxiety. We are perfect at hiding our scars. We wear masks when we are in public and especially if we are dealing with a mental illness.

Mental Health

Mental illness is just like any other illness but just because of the lowest level of acceptance for mental health issues and the ignorance it gets, people fear opening up. People fear getting labeled like, crazy, crack-pot or insane. These feelings of disgust, emptiness, a deep hollowness are beyond any definition.

A person going through a panic attack, anxiety attack might be the one whom you met a few hours before and was sounding joyous to you and within a few hours, the very same person might appear to be all jittery because of panic attacks.

It is a very crucial situation; it kills one slowly. Mental health needs attention to priority. It is high time we speak about it; we have been into hiding and have been suppressing how we feel and why we feel so. The feelings need not have a valid justification or explanation, sometimes it is just the naïve feeling without any reason which affects us badly internally and externally.

As a Mental Health Awareness Blogger, I insist people open up and seek help, rather yell for help. If you find someone going through this phase in life be there for them, but do not give false hopes, be an active listener and try to understand if necessary signpost the individual to seek medical help.

Signs of depression vary from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms that we can understand. We can save a tragedy if we try to be less ignorant and more empathetic.

Ten Signs when you know a person might be facing some Mental Health issues and how we can be of help :

1) Change in behaviour

A person might not sound his usual self when he is under depression, before making someone else understands, the individual himself takes time to process what is happening to him. Which leads to irritability and agitated behaviour.

2) Avoiding social contacts

An individual dealing with depression prefers to stay alone because pretending to be normal or happy all the time makes him sicker. He or she just wants to be at the moment and try to figure out what is happening and why it is happening. 

In such a stance meeting with people makes one feel socially awkward.

3) Loss of appetite

Mental illness is no different from any other illness the only major difference is that it directly relates to a neurological disorder. 

An individual might not feel hungry at all or might overeat when in depression. These could be signs of an eating disorder, which becomes a way of coping with such mental illness.

4) Disturbed sleeping patterns

A high level of stress and mental disturbance could lead to a disturbance in the sleep patterns of an individual. Disturbed sleep cycles can affect health very badly. When you notice such a sign, talk.

5) Loss of interest in routine work

Nothing sparks joy, everything seems to be pale and monotonous. You no more enjoy doing what you loved doing once, like painting, singing or even cooking. 

If it is temporary due to workload then it is normal but if a person shows the least interest in any such activities anymore, it could be a matter of concern.

6) Low energy

You don’t feel like doing anything. You always feel tired, drained out and fatigued. 

You are simply dragging yourself to even accomplish simple tasks of the day and do not do things willfully.

7) Anger and frustration

An increased rise in the anger and frustration level. Everything gets into your nerves, you explode without any reason. 

Sometimes you are not even present in the moment and you over-react, you might mind is stressed out badly.

8) Unable to concentrate

You lose your concentration power; you forget things. YOu cannot draw your attention to one particular thing. 

Nothing interests you for too long, even small decisions like buying groceries becomes difficult for you to put it into action.

9) Increase in physical stress

Due to loss in mental energy or emotional level, your body gets drained out of all the positive energy and it starts affecting your outer self.

You feel dull, tires and even experience body aches, mild headaches, heavy head all the time. You never feel fresh.

10) Isolation

A person might go into complete isolation and shut down himself from coming in contact with anybody. He gets a feeling that no one understands what he is going through and people around also leaves it that way; he avoids any physical contact.

Be there. Be aware, we might save a tragedy or even try to help ourselves. As per WHO (World Health Organization) 330 million people worldwide are suffering from some or the other form of mental illness. It is also reported that one out of every four people we meet is too much stressed or depressed. Depression left untreated, can become a serious health condition.

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka Nair

What is Anxiety Disorder? MEntal Wellness begins with ME

What is anxiety disorder? It is not just an another name or a label we carry, most of the times we losely use this word anxiety without knowing the actual repercussions of the term anxiety disorder, as its a deep rooted issue, which we need to understand to seek proper care and attention.

As many of you know that I write and speak a lot about Mental Health. In lieu of spreading mental health awareness I have come up with this new series of blogs, named “MEntal Wellness begins with ME”.

As I belong to a completely different field, I have been educating myself and learning about Mental Illnes, it’s symptoms, real meaning behind those technical jargons, trust me the process is lengthy and I have a long way to go.

But yes, with my passion driven intent, I aim to break the stigmas attached to mental illness worldwide and will enable you to make mental health your priority. I will be sharing what all I have learned and discovered, through my upcoming blogs.

What is Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disroder is not a single term, it covers various conditions, like generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. Let us understand all the forms of anxiety disorders in detail here:

What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder or GAD?

It is your response to things in the form of unrealistic and unnecessary worries, tension and agitation. You become too anxious about things with little or no reason.

What is Panic Disorder?

During a panic attack, we feel sweaty, might have chest pain, feel palpitations (irregular heartbeats). One might also feel that he/she is choking or going to have a heart attack.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder is also known as social phobia, wherein a person is presumed to be shy or an introvert but it is a condition in which you feel overwhelming worry and fear about socailizing in your day to day life. You fixate about others judging you or being humiliated by others.

What could be specific phobias?

Specific phobias give you anxiety in specific situations like you fear heights, water or an object. The fear is such that you totally avoid such ordinary situations where you can face your phobias.

What cause Anxiety Disorder?

As per researchers, it is belived that anxiety stems from a combination of the things, including changes in your neurological area, environmental stress and it could be even geneticly tranformed to an individual.

What could be the general symptoms?

  • Not being able to stay calm and still/ restlessness
  • Sleep problems
  • Panic, fear about everything
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Tense Muscles
  • Dizziniess
  • Low energy

Some preventive measures

Few tips which could help you to control or lessen down the symptoms:

  • Caffeine is a mood-altering drug and it may make the symptoms even worse, so cut down on coffee, tea, cola or energy drinks.
  • Eat right, a well-balanced diet is a must.
  • Get good sleep, give rest to your mind.
  • Exercise and meditate for atleast 30 minutes daily, without fail.
  • Do not self-diagnose yourself and if the condition starts hampering you, immediately see a doctor.
  • Always seek medical help when the going gets tough. 

There is nothing wrong in taking medical help in mental illness conditions, it is a matter of stigma and a taboo topic for the society, not for the individual who is going through it. Be little gentle towards yourself and take care of your mental health.

Why Mental Health Awareness Series again?

Yes, again! I have been running a mental health awareness series on my YouTube Channel (Virtual Siyahi). Name of the initiative is “Humanity ki chain”, I intend to do 11 epsidoes for the first series and I have successfully reached till the seventh episode of the series. 

The aim of the series was to join with other like-minded people who believe in spreading mental well-being, physchologist and people who have suffered mental illness and come out of it by taking medical help or by talk therapies.

I loved doing the video series and it only made me more aware about my surroundings, hence I felt the need of going one more step deeper in this, and with this blog series, I will be covering almost all the mental disorder we have heard or we are completely unaaware of.

I hope while educating myself , I will be able to educate my readers about mental health conditons in a very basic language, so that atleast we will be aware about our surrounding, and be able to help someone in need.

MEntal Wellness beigns with ME. Take care and be aware.

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka

Mental Health Awareness Series- Humanity ki Chain – Episode -4- Ms. Deepika Mishra

Welcome to the fourth Episode of Humanity ki chain, Mental Health Awareness Series, with the fourth guest Ms. Deepika Mishra

In today’s episode we discussed how we can help each other by simply being present and being in life, helping each other, looking out for each other, that’s what humanity is all about, isn’t it? 🙂

The stigma attached to mental illness is so acute that we have had a historically ‘hush-hush’ attitude towards it. Our culture has categorically discouraged emotional sharing and outbursts.

This Mental Health Awareness Series is a small attempt from my side to spread some mental health awareness and enable people to talk. The more we talk about it, the more we will be able to break the stigmas attached to it.

Mental Health is as important as Physical Health and it is not possible to drive a massive change alone, so let’s join together and spread some positivity.

You can get in touch with her here: Deepika Mishra at Facebook 

Her Blog Link : Aspiring Hope

Be a part (kadi) of this Humanity ki chain.
Contact me – priyanka@sanitydaily.com

Much love and gratitude
Priyanka Nair