Mental Health in an unequal world , a stigma?


Talking about Mental Health in an unequal world, why is it still Taboo?

“Anything human is mentionable, and anything mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers

mental health in an unequal world

According to the World Health Organization, Mental health is a state of well-being where a person discovers their abilities to cope with the day-to-day challenges of life and perform with productivity and fruitfulness. Individuals can contribute to their community when they are mentally healthy.

Mental health depends upon our emotional, social, and physiological well-being. It is how we think, make decisions and manage stress in our lives.

All the individuals facing Mental health problems find themselves in an unequal world. The reason is the way society treats them. Individuals facing a mental issue are considered abnormal. Meanwhile, everyone else is seen as perfectly normal individuals.

They face problems like fewer employment hirings, relationship difficulties and are made to feel that they don’t fit very well into society.

The cases of Mental problems have increased dramatically in our hectic day-to-day lives.

We have faced a global pandemic and stayed in lockdowns and it has significantly affected every single person in a way or another.

In this world, we face a lot of differences, inequality which may lead to Mental Health Issues. According to a survey of the National Mental Health Survey (NMHS), around 80% of people don’t receive treatment as this is not considered a doctor-treated illness.

Mental health is as much as important as being physically fit. A few of the reasons why mental problems arise are-
  •  Being Worried
  •  Facing Anxiety
  •  Sadness
  •  Mood swings
  •  Irritation
  •  Irrational sleeping and eating habits
  •  Social withdrawal 

When an individual worries extensively and builds high anxiety, it leads them to depression and even suicidal thoughts. Both of these are factors of stress and act as a trigger for your mind on how to handle stress. 

The term ‘mood swings’ look like an emotional term but it is also related to chronic diseases or acute injuries affecting the brain. It might lead to a concussion or a stroke.

Eating and sleeping are essential parts of life. The disregard for both leads to disruption in the way of living. It leads to an increased risk of mental health issues.

Apart from this, a continuous social withdrawal which means no human interaction also increases the risk of developing disorders like depression and anxiety. 

A few of the Mental Health problems we should know and take care of the dear ones are: 

  •  Personality Disorders
  •  Post-traumatic stress disorder 
  •  Depression
  • Mood disorders

Personality Disorder

Mental Health in an unequal world

When an individual suffers from a personality disorder, they face trouble understanding and relating to situations and people. This leads to problems in social activities, relationships, and work. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Mental Health in an unequal world

It is a mental condition that is triggered by a terrifying past event. It might be from experiencing or witnessing it. The causes for the condition are flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts of the event.

Depression

Mental Health in an unequal world

When an individual has depression, it feels like there is no joy in life. For them, it is very hard to concentrate and the person encounters low- esteem, and everything feels hopeless. 

Mood disorders

Mental Health in an unequal world

Individuals experiencing a mood disorder find themselves in an inconsistent emotional state which interferes with the ability to function. It makes the person extremely sad or empty. They might feel extremely happy or depressed for periods.

Even after being this developed and educated, we neglect the topic of Mental health as a whole. 

It is normal to feel nervous or uncomfortable when it comes to talking about mental health. But the best step for recovery is sharing with the people you trust.

The shyness and society’s judgement restrains people from sharing their issues and this silence leaves them with a lifetime impact. 

Mental health is treated as a social taboo as the unequal society does not treat anyone with fairness even in the modern world. 

It is high time the stigma and prejudice around mental health be stopped before it eats individuals suffering from a mental health illness from within and makes society a hollow cage to live in. 

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