It’s okay to talk about it- please don’t gossip!
Back in the days, a person mumbling to himself or herself or depressed or schizophrenic or even having bed-wetting (nocturnal enuresis) problem used to become a subject of gossip or sympathy. And that person had to deal with embarrassment on a day to day life. Several other psychiatric problems like anxiety, bipolar disorder, GAD etc were never taken seriously. This is back in the days when there wasn’t enough research, diagnostic tools or awareness. What’s shameful is the fact that it’s still a STIGMA in certain societies! That makes me wonder about the uneducated behavior of the otherwise educated societies.
A personal s..t…t…tory!
Are you serious? I am so happy to see this that there is a day called “International Stuttering Awareness Day”. I wish people were aware when I was in high school and in my speech on Mother’s Day, I went berserk with my speech: “All mothers are g…o…o…o..o…d mothers”. And my friends who were also competitors broke out into thunderous laugh. I saw them blow out their laughs and I almost had tears in my eyes but I had to finish the speech. Later I found 2 friends in freshman year of college who were also stutterers and for the first time, I felt better that there are people like me. I am eager to get their reactions after they read this blog.
A piece from psychcentral.com: “The idea that stuttering is a brain disorder in the same category as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is very controversial,” says Gerald Maguire, M.D., assistant clinical professor and director of residency training in the department of psychiatry at the University of California at Irvine. , a stutterer. In fact, there has been a push to recategorize stuttering as something other than psychiatric. “Some feel it attaches a stigma to a disorder that’s already very misunderstood by most,” Maguire said.
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 5 Indians May suffer from depression in their lifetime. Due to the stigma associated with mental illness, a lack of awareness, and limited access to professional help, only 10-12% of these sufferers will seek help. (Source: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/04/5-charts-that-reveal-how-india-sees-mental-health/)
1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 out of 8 emergency department visits are due to mental illness or substance abuse
Suicidal rates are 4 times in Lesbian, gays and bisexual individuals.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
These are some mind-blowing stats and facts. Please take mental disorders seriously before they become ominous and threatening.
As mentioned in the article from National Alliance on Mental Illness, people with mental disorders can have:
- Increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders
- Substance abuse disorder
- Higher rate of unemployment
- High school students dropping out
- Suicide in youths
Celebrities vow to reduce stigma
It’s so cool when Virat Kohli backed up Glenn Maxwell’s decision to take a break from his job on grounds of mental health issues. What Glenn did is remarkable….Kohli says. That he didn’t hide from the world and why should he! Glen wants to take care of his health issue and then come back stronger! Read this link:
A top Bollywood actress, Deepika Padukone runs a foundation called “The Live Love Laugh Foundation” that aims to create awareness of mental illness and reduce the stigma associated with it, with a particular focus on stress, anxiety and depression.
Mental disorders are on the rise. Why do you think the suicidal tendencies keep going up since 2001? Is it due to the pressure created by corporates to perform more and more? Is it due to schools demanding more and more from students? Is is due to the peer pressure of societies? Or is it the due to loneliness or self-centered culture that prohibits people to interact with people?
A few questions to answer to get solutions to improve our mental status. Are we mentally fit to live in this world with ever growing expectations? How can we prevent tragedies where mentally unstable people take on arms and claim lives? Can we take steps to spread awareness so people with mental disorders can come forward to get help? Modern research and studies have proven that counseling helps. Medications may be added to supplement counseling to help treat the mental disorders.
Please show vigilance, empathy and support to cure mental illnesses.