Mental Health: The Alarming Issue!

Mental Health | Issue | 07th October 2021 | Virtual Wire


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The mental health issue is one of the most rapidly growing problems of society. As there is a rise in science and technology, people are starting to be more accepting, open-minded and tolerant that is working towards a solid foundation of the future alternatively there is a rise in people suffering from detrimental mental health.

What is mental illness?

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Nearly everyone feels worried or anxious in their mundane life but few develop a mental illness. So the question is what is the difference? A mental illness is a mental condition that gets in the way of thinking of the individual that could be related to anything the person finds offsetting. People generally identify mental illness as depression. But to be precise, there are numerous conditions under mental illness namely anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and many more.

Signs and symptoms:

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  • Feeling down for a while.

  • Peculiar mood swings.

  • Distant from family, friends or social gatherings.

  • Feeling low or less energetic.

  • Lack of sleep or excessive sleeping.

  • Extremely angry, hostile or violent.

  • Paranoia, hallucination.

  • Self-harming tendencies.

  • Physical sickness like stomach ache, back pain.

Mental health and India

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India has recorded more and more cases regarding mental health issues lately. A study by the India state-level Disease Burden Initiative recorded that the disease burden in India due to mental illness has increased from 2.5% in 1990 to 4.7% in 2017 in terms of DALYs (disability-adjusted life years) and was the leading contributor to YLDs (years lived with disability) contributing to 14.5% of all YLDs in the country.

Where India is rising in numbers of citizens with mental health issues on the other hand the country still has a long way to go in order to become tolerant and accepting towards this issue. Society here doesn’t consider any health issue as deleterious until it is physical and if someone is upfront about their anxiety people shame them for being so sensitive and weak or worse, they accuse one is trying to gain attention which leads to people becoming more and more discrete.

What could be done?

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Well, the most affected group of society by mental issues is the youth. They are so intimidated by the idea of failure that they rather choose to be affected themselves or end their lives than face what comes next. One of the major reasons behind this is their education or say the education system of the country. Well discussing the education system and its pros and cons is the whole other discussion, what good can come out of it is that the school can play a game-changer.

The school acts as a framework of the mindset of the citizen as nearly everyone is connected to it in one or the other way, so if the school starts normalizing and educating on mental health it can act in a humongous way to change the way people look at this problem. Every school must provide a therapist or counsellor who can talk to students regarding their issue in order to avoid the situation that further lead them towards depression, anxiety or self-harm.

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