Mental health; what is it?
Is wellness just physical trouble? Do you think it is easy to be happy? Can we simply choose to be happy? Picture looking at the mirror and not being proud of who you are. Not being positive about what you do and what you say. Visualise having no motivation or interest in anything. Not even being excited about big life events.
For far too many people this is often their reality. They are living a life filled with misery.
From the perspectives of positive psychology, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life and to maintain a balance between life activities and efforts to attain psychological flexibility. It is the state of somebody who is “functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment” however wishing for something better for their lives.
From avoidance to treatment, there is an unintentional but actual modification in how matters of physical and mental wellness are being addressed—one with empathy, the opposite with stigma. Due to this stigma, individuals might resist ‘labelling’ themselves or answer to mental health diagnoses with denialism.
Some parents can be sightless when confronted with their own children’s issues. It can be challenging to be told that something is ‘wrong’ with their children. Some parents view it as damaging thing that a child needs help of any kind. But the reality is that it is an opportunity for growth for the child. We are rooted in this reluctance of accepting the ‘normalcy’ of a preventable disease. Being in denial of mental health and blaming the child for their own inadequacy doesn’t not make life easier.
Different societies and groups have alternate ways of conceptualizing its nature and causes, and deciding what interventions, if any, are suitable. The pace of life is so fast in today’s world that we push ourselves more and more until we do not have the ability to relax. Having a mental disease at a younger age is completely distinct from having one in adulthood.
However once mental illness is also thrown into the mix, it becomes considerably harder for a child to obtain the essential skills and abilities that people use throughout the day. Having a fear of disappointing people, being rude or being disliked, every day, is not easy. This can certainly be scary for a child in the view of the fact that they inevitably don’t comprehend why they act and think the way they do.
Although researchers have made significant progress in treating adolescent mental disorders and in understanding ways to encourage adolescent mental health, there have only been astoundingly few efforts to recognise “what is known and what needs to be known”.
I also believe that now more and more kids are using and opening up to social media. Technology itself can help in educating kids and explaining about psychiatric disorders like PTSD and anxiety.
There is a very big need to recognise how brave these people are. They battle long and hard to be at peace with themselves. They still don’t have the support they require. We can merely be compassionate by listening, empathising and respecting their symptoms. Not many people understand this and continue to belittle those with disorders. They should not be punished for something they cannot help. Individuals who are seeking help need a network of people they can trust. Try your best to be the person they have faith in.
Mental illness is a delicate and private matter and we do not mean to interfere. The harsh truth is that we can’t just push a button and make everything okay. However you can relieve your tensions…at least for another day. I strongly believe that talking is beneficial. May it be your friends, family or even a professional psychiatrist. You might be inspired to look at things in an altered manner or learn new means to react to actions or individuals. Never be afraid to reach out and ask for a hand. You might be able to live a better life with the correct treatment.
It is a long journey. Nonetheless, remember it never should end that way. Things will get better. There is hope. Just keeping pushing on, one day at a time. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
YOU ARE SPECIAL. YOU ARE UNIQUE. YOU ARE LOVED. YOU, CANNOT BE REPLACED.
About Ms. Mehr Chaudhery
Mehr Chaudhery is one of our youngest writers who is from New Delhi, India. She is currently preparing for the Grade 4 Trinity Examination for Piano and is also a social worker at heart.
She recently raised ₹73,500 for footwear for 100 students who walk barefoot to school. Click here to know more about this fundraiser. She is an avid propagator of mental health amongst her peers and hopes to do more research in the field in the near future.
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