Did you ever feel you weren’t feeling right? It seems as if you are not experiencing any pleasure from anything. Maybe there are some days when you feel less motivated to get things done? Have you ever felt that you are not content with your inner self? Maybe it is because of some Mental Illness!
If yes, then these are mental illnesses that nobody can understand. Only you will know from the inside.
Physical health is what parents prioritize when their children are sick with fever, headache, stomachache, etc. They overlook mental health and never even ask how their children are doing?
Mental illness can be considered as having two sides:
- The one side is when you are around with your parents and friends’ pretending like there is nothing wrong with you; parents think they are giving everything they can to their children. Thus, you must keep your head held high and smile despite being hurt deep down.
- The other side of the coin is feeling all alone, like it’s impossible to get better, and wondering why you are going through, what you are going through, wishing for someone to hold and understand the situation.
HOW MENTAL ILLNESS TRIGGERS?
Mental illness is triggered by the type of information you consume. If we turn back two to three decades, there were fewer materials available for consumption. Television was only available once a week and had some good content, and parents and teachers would give us information about the world.
Nevertheless, due to constant exposure to content 24 hours a day, even when we are asleep, our mind is not taking a rest. We should take care of what content we consume every day. At least the first hour of the day should be spent without a phone.
Hence, to start your day off right, you should meditate, do stretching, do exercise, and study spiritual content, which then means that you will consume high vibrational content. And in the last hour before sleep, there should be an effect that calms you. Make a short to-do list for the following day or play some relaxing music at night before sleep. If we prioritize the first and last hours of our day, our mind starts to think correctly.
It is common for people suffering from mental illness to think in a disordered way, so they feel that way. If you think negatively, you’ll not be feeling well mentally. Your way of feeling will manifest itself in the form of behavior and handling of the situation.
MENTAL ILLNESS LIST:
- Anxiety Disorders- An excessive fear or sense of dread Ex- Phobias
- Mood Disorders- Consistent swings in mood or persistent feelings that interfere with daily activities. Ex- Depression, Bipolar
- Psychotic Disorder- Thinking disorders. Ex- Schizophrenia
- Eating disorder- Emotional attachment to food. Ex- Bulimia, anorexia
- Impulse Disorder- Inability to resist urges. Ex- Kleptomania, Pyromania, Gambling
- Personality Disorder- Extremely rigid personality traits. Ex- Antisocial disorder, OCD
- Post-traumatic stress- Emotional numbness occurs when memories are repeated and frightening.
WHAT ARE THE 5 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS?
Whenever there is a decline in mental state, you cannot handle the situations and challenges. As a result, you began to show signs of mental illness that were urgently needed to be addressed. The following are listed below:-
~ Cut back on activities they usually enjoy
This is a crucial sign. The feeling of sadness grips them constantly when they are feeling low. It will be difficult for them to do the things they love. They are overwhelmed by their thoughts. This would greatly diminish the interest in those hobbies they enjoy.
~ People who are easily irritable and frustrated
If people and circumstances do not line up with their plans, then they often become irritable and frustrated. In such a situation, their mind will not remain stable. Their brains are constantly filled with chaos that they want to rid themselves of.
~ An abnormal sleep pattern
This may vary from person to person. You either sleep a lot or you don’t feel asleep at all. Sleep is the only time when you feel safe. After all, you can escape from the problems that you are facing because you are so exhausted from fighting a war for 24 hours. You can’t sleep if you have too many thoughts in your mind, which keeps you awake.
~ Being unable to perceive reality
Individuals suffering from delusions and hallucinations may feel things that are not real. In their minds, one can always assume that someone will take revenge on them or that people are going to talk about them. There are moments when they get involved in crazy, stupid stuff.
~ Being suicidal or self-harming
In the case of being suicidal or self-harming, there is any prolonged sadness or persistent negative feelings that do not go away on their own as well as something that triggers them immediately. In that case, they are more likely to self-harm or drink excessively if they can’t handle things.
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MENTAL ILLNESS SYMPTOMS:
There are some mental illness symptoms that we overlooked
1. Avoidance or lack of interest- It can be seen in people with schizophrenia who experience hallucinations. Certain situations trigger their panic attack.
2. Comparison with others
3. Extreme mood changes
4. Achieve perfectionism all the time
5. Social withdrawal from friends and family
6. Excessive crying
7. Lack of appetite
8. Overuse of social media
9. Feeling hopeless and helpless every time
10. Feeling inferior
12. Acting recklessly
13. Reduced ability to concentrate
14. Excessive tiredness
15. Always thinking about the past and future.
CAUSES OF MENTAL ILLNESS:
Mental health refers to a state of being in which thoughts, emotions, feelings, and actions are in balance. If they do not align, then it is an indication of mental illness. There are genetic as well as environmental factors that contribute to mental illness. These factors include:-
~ Stress and Pressure
Stress and pressure have different meanings. In science, stress is a formula. Stress is equal to pressure/resilience. “Resilience” refers to our inner strength. Our ability to cope with pressure. It is a pressure for a child to take an exam. But we teach them not to get stressed because they will make careless mistakes if they become stressed. Relax and be easy on yourself. The resilience has to be high so that our mental health and emotional health are in our control. In other words, if our coping skill is low, then the pressure would lead to stress, which leads to mental illness.
There is a phrase that states, ‘Quality over quantity. When we think negatively, many more thoughts appear in our minds. This is why people complain that they are overthinking. It’s a sign that the quality is poor when the number of thoughts is high. Positive thinking produces fewer thoughts and slower thinking. So, Overthinking is a contributing factor to mental illness.
~ Trauma during childhood
A child has a greater chance of developing mental illness if they’ve experienced childhood trauma – such as a loved one dying or being involved in a car accident.
There is an increased risk of mental illness when there is a family history. It is a strong link between mental illness and genetics.
The person is being abused by someone and they can’t share their feelings with anyone. It causes a lot of stress on the brain and often results in mental illness gradually.
WHY IS MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT?
To take good care of yourself, you should maintain your mental health. It’s an important part of your self-care. Just as you nourish your body, your skin, and your hair, you should also nurture your mind with the right thought. Mind is also a part of YOU. You will be controlled by your mind if you don’t care for it.
You are the only one who can take care of yourself – no one else can. Someone else does not truly understand your feelings. It’s fine to share thoughts and fears with others, but until they have lived your life, they can only sympathize with you.
Having an understanding of our feelings and thoughts is crucial to mental health. They help us determine what we need, rather than defining ourselves. Set your boundaries to protect yourself and guard your feelings when you’re afraid.
Understand your emotions, why you are feeling sad at times where this sadness is coming from. Follow your bliss. Take little steps to take better care of yourself every day, and find out what suits you best.
Taking care of your mental health leads to good physical health. Mental health is vital to an enjoyable lifestyle, which is why it is so important.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS:
- 41% of adults with a mental health condition received mental health services in the last year.
- Around 41,000 individuals die each year from suicide.
- “Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch.”
May is always a month we focus on for Mental Health Awareness. However, we should be aware of mental health daily after seeing these statistics, not only in May. Accusing everyone of being in the same boat and that they can all cope the same way does not allow people to recover and heal in their way. That’s why it’s necessary to be open and spread awareness among people. It’s easy for people to overlook mental illness.
But you can talk to a person about their struggles; try not to see them ill. That doesn’t define them. Then, we create a safer place for people to be themselves when we allow them to be honest and open about their struggles.
Be open with your journey and try to make them understand it’s okay to feel sad at times. Bringing things to light and talking about your struggle can greatly diminish their destructive potential.
You can make a difference if you spread love and raise awareness about mental health. I urge you to be kind to everyone you see today, smile, and be helpful to others who are around you. You never know what they are going through so please be kind to each other. Our ability to transform the world grows as we spread these types of actions!
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) about Mental Illness
Q. WHAT ARE THE 5 CATEGORIES OF MENTAL ILLNESS?
Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Eating Disorder
Q. WHO IS AFFECTED BY MENTAL ILLNESS?
The ones who don’t take care of their mind. We have a powerful and wonderful mind. To make any significant changes in your life, you need to start in your mind.
Q. HOW IS MENTAL ILLNESS DIAGNOSED?
You can diagnose it if you are mindful of the content you consume. Talk to a counselor or a friend if you are facing a struggle inside your mind who can help you.
Q. IS MENTAL ILLNESS SERIOUS?
Yes, it is. If you do not take mental illness seriously, your physical health can suffer.
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