2 June, 2017
by Parul Adlakha
Mental health is an all- encompassing term that includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects our thought, emotions, and behavior. Our Mental health determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Bio-Psycho-Social factors contribute to mental health problems, these include:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Good mental health is characterized by a person’s ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions, and to maintain good relationships with others.
Mental health is a part of the overall well-being of a person and bringing this perspective to the fore the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION has taken an initiative this year to celebrate the World Health Day on 7th April 2017 by talking about Depression. So let’s talk…
We all have times when our mood is low, and we’re feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually, these feelings pass in due course. But if the feelings are interfering with your life and don’t go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back over and over again for a few days at a time, it could be depression.
When a person suffers from depression, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It can cause pain for both the person with depression and those who care about him or her. It is a real illness and not a sign of a person’s weakness or a character flaw.
Sadness is only a small part of depression. Depression has many other symptoms, including physical ones. Some core symptoms are:
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy, being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
In many cases, depression can be triggered by an unwelcome, stressful or traumatic event. This could be loss of employment, the end of a relationship, loss of a loved one, major life changes, like changing job, moving house or getting married, being physically or sexually assaulted, being bullied or abused.
Experiencing depression can make it hard to find the energy to after oneself. But taking an active role, and taking steps to help yourself cope with your experiences, can make a big difference to how you feel. It is a manageable condition. Managing depression requires a treatment plan, and a team of experts to put that plan to work. A small but important step towards well-being involves expressing oneself and talking about our mental health issues leading to a giant leap- ‘mental health’.
Mental Illness is not a choice but recovery is!
Let’s stop the stigma of mental health, it’s nothing to be ashamed of,
Neither is talking about it.
Let’s Talk! & Get Over It.Author Dr. Parul Adlakha
M.A., PDCP, Ph.D.
Co-Founder P.E.A.C.E. Solutions
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