November 2, 2018 at 11:49 am · kailashmantry · 2 comments
November 2, 2018
In today’s world of technology where people give importance to physical health. Very few people pay attention to their mental health. They never take care of their mental health and the mental health of the people around them. Maintaining a sound balance between physical and mental health is extremely important.
People having mental illness will never be accepted by the society and its members. Most of them are admitted in mental hospitals which are also known as mental asylums. Maximum people admitted in the mental hospitals face innumerable problems which lead to death in most of the cases. According to me, mental illness can be treated without being admitted to mental hospitals and without consuming many medicines.
There are various kinds of mental illnesses like a Migraine, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, Depression and many other diseases. All these diseases can be treated without medication. Medicine will not only make one senseless but also postpone the disease. Majority of patients in the mental hospital are schizophrenics.
These patients are not accepted in society even after their recovery. The mental patient remains a mental patient forever as social acceptance is extremely rare. People don’t accept them either because of fear or due to social stigma.
AGE OLD CONCEPTIONS ABOUT MENTAL DISORDER:
For several years human beings are unable to check as well as describe human behaviour. After scrolling through pages of history one will find three main types of conceptions prevailing about mental illness since ages.
It is human tendency to blame the supernatural when they are unable to find the reason for the irrational behaviour of a person. People feel that an evil spirit has affected the mentally imbalanced person. Some of them consider the mental patient to be under the influence of some devil. They find that the supernatural force has captured the mind and soul of the person and so they are behaving differently.
It has been a tradition to consider that psychological disorders are caused because of biological reasons. Biology of an individual has rarely to do anything with psychological problems. But maximum people consider biology as one of the reasons for psychological disorders.
This is a base to modern treatment of psychology. It focuses on psychological, social and cultural factors. Many psychologists wrote of the importance of thoughts, dreams, etc and this led to further developments in the study of human behaviour.
MYTHS OR MISCONCEPTION ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS
1. Mental wellness is less important:
This is one of the most common and prevalent myth perceived by maximum people. They think that physical health is the most important thing and give very less importance to mental health. If your body deserves care, doesn’t your mind deserve it?
Most of the people ignore mental health. This results in grave physical and mental problems. People exercise or eat only to benefit their physical health. Mental health is never taken into consideration.
2. Mental illness is incurable:
Though most of the mental disorders are curable, people consider mental illness incurable. With this thought in mind, many families just give up on the mental patient in their family. They are also ashamed to take their affected family member to an expert.
It can be cured with guidance from a proper life coach. Medicines have nothing to do with the mental disorder. Accepting this disease and trying to find a solution out of it is more important rather than ignoring and not accepting it.
3. Mentally ill people are violent:
It is proved from time to time that mentally ill people are not violent but they are the victims of violence. A very small percentage of people with the grave mental condition might become violent. Experts opine that the majority of people who commit suicide were having some or the other mental disorder. These patients will be violent towards themselves rather than others.
90% of these patients will never talk to others. Hence the question of being violent toward others is meaningless. These patients will not trouble anyone unless someone has harassed them. Research has found that the number of crimes committed on the mental patients is more compared to the crimes committed by them. However, some people might take the fake support of mental disorder to hide their crime.
4. Mental illness is a sign of weakness:
Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. Mentally ill persons are considered unfit for a responsible tax. These patients are even afraid to undergo treatment due to societal pressure. Mental illness is a real health issue that needs expert advice.
5. Mentally ill persons can’t be employed:
Only untreated mentally unstable people are incapable of doing daily chores or attaining the job. When accurate medical attention is given to the patient, they will be able to lead a normal life and will achieve a good position in their respective jobs. It is important to accept mental illness and take accurate medical treatment. After proper consultation mental patients can be considered for their respective jobs. They can even do better than before in other words, their performance will surely improve.
6. Only medication can heal mental illness:
Medication may or may not be important in the process of curing mental disorders. Curing mental disorder requires proper counselling sessions. Only medicines are not suitable for the treatment. In fact, NIMH has accepted that there is no medicine for mental illness.
7. All mental illnesses are the same:
The term mental illness refers to a wide range of mental disorders. It may include depression, ADHD, etc. Some of the mentally ill patients lead a normal life while others will face problems forever. Many people in India consider that mental illness is the same everywhere.
These myths must be overcome and they should not stop any mental patient or his family from getting accurate treatment. Immediate expert attention is needed in order to overcome mental problems and lead a normal life.
The Psychiatric or mental hospital is a place where people with mental disorder are admitted with a hope of improvement. Psychiatric hospitals differ in the kind of therapy provided. Some of them specialize in short-term treatment others in long-term treatment. This hospital is also known as a mental hospital, lunatic asylum or mental asylum.
The Long time ago, mental asylums used violent means to restrain the patient like tying them to their beds for days or even months. These are replaced by modern hospitals where the therapy is planned by using evidence. At our centre for treatment, the patient has treated completely without any medication but 100% results.
TYPES OF MENTAL HOSPITALS:
There are different types of mental hospitals depending on the type of patients they house
This is the department of the mental asylum where critical patients are admitted. Most of them deal with violent or suicidal patients.
These units are used to keep patients who are not extremely suicidal. These units focus on improving the lives of the patients who are on the verge of discharge. Nevertheless, patients are not permitted to possess their medicines due to fear of overdose. Some open units are unlocked while others are still locked depending on the category of patients who are admitted.
This is kind of hospital gives treatment that lasts for long period. Several weeks are needed to get the effect of the therapy. Here the patient is monitored and then the therapy is decided. It makes the treatment effective.
These type of hospitals specialize in treatment for children and adolescents with mental problems.
Long-term care facilities:
These type of hospitals provide assistance with a motive to rehabilitate these people into society. These hospitals try to achieve the goal within two or three years.
In this category of institution, a mentally ill patient is allowed to stay for a long period of time. These are one of the most important types of hospitals for mental patients. They can be run only after proper help from the authorities.
These institutions generally house mental patients who are political prisoners for some punishment.
In these type of hospitals, we find patients who are detained by courts for treatment before being sentenced to further punishments.
RECOGNISED MENTAL HOSPITALS IN INDIA
(NIMHANS) NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND NEUROSCIENCES is the largest and number one mental hospital in India located in Bangalore. This institution promotes technological innovations, to match the standards maintained around the world. Here training is provided to neuroscience students and professionals. This institute also imparts technical knowledge to nursing students and professionals who work for mental patients.
2. PGIMER, Chandigarh:
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh is an educational, medical research and training for students.
3. Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, New Delhi(VIMHANS):
This hospital provides Emergency care for mental patients. It is specialized to offer Psychological services for various mental problems.
4. Central Institute of Psychiatry:
This institute is situated in Kanke, Ranchi in Jharkhand of India. It is the largest psychiatric hospital in Asia with a bed capacity of 643. Wards were built during the British Raj. It is an open hospital where patients are not restricted to rooms. They can roam freely within the area of the hospital. Individualized patient care is one of the main attractions of this hospital.
5. IHBAS, New Delhi:
The Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences was earlier known as Hospital for Mental Diseases, Shahadara. It specializes in research of neurosciences.
6. Antara, Kolkata:
This hospital has a team of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers, etc. This team helps the patients to recover from their psychiatric problems. This hospital deals with patients having Depression, stress, phobia, mental retardation, etc.
7.Yerwada Mental Hospital, Pune:
This is one of the oldest and largest mental hospitals in India. Most of the patients with high mental disorders from Maharashtra are admitted in Yerwada Mental Hospital.
8. Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Karnataka (DIMHANS):
This hospital was started as a Lunatic asylum by the British Government. Presently it deals with teaching psychiatric professionals. It also caters to the need of mental patients.
This is a non-profit organization started by mental health professionals. This institute not only works for the well being of mental patients but also creates awareness in the area of mental health. It also motivates research in this field.
10. Lumbini Park Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Karnataka:
This hospital specializes in care for mental patients. It ensures rehabilitation, community-oriented services and research activities in the area of Mental health.
TYPES OF MENTAL DISORDERS:
It is a severe mental disorder or illness. Here the person will experience high and low moods. Sometimes the patient is extremely energetic and rest of the time they will be depressed.
Persistent depressive disorder
This type of mental illness interferes with the regular life of a person.
Generalized Anxiety disorder
This includes being nervous before a presentation. This patient will be worried about little things in everyday life.
Major depressive disorder
This condition is also known as clinical depression. The Patient feels extremely sad and hopeless. They will experience suicidal instincts.
This type of patient will experience repetitive thoughts or obsessions.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Here the patient experiences mental illness after experiencing a traumatic event like being raped, war, natural calamities, etc.
In this category, the patient will live in an imaginary world which is far from reality. Hallucinations, hearing voices, etc are the main features of a schizophrenic patient. It is extremely dangerous if left untreated. This patient can harm himself as well as people around him.
Social anxiety disorder
These patients have a phobia of being around other people. They will never feel comfortable. They will be nervous to attend social gatherings or to meet new people.
MENTAL HEALTH SYMPTOMS
Following are some common features of all types of mental illness:
- eating less or too much.
- unable to have a sound sleep.
- being aloof or away from people and avoiding the activities that they liked
- feeling tired and energy-less.
- feeling motionless or no mercy
- body pains without any reason
- resorting to smoking, drinking or drugs.
- memory loss, anxiety, fear, anger, confusion, etc.
- getting involved in a fight or argument with loved ones
- mood swings. sometimes very happy other times extremely sad
- hallucinations or flashbacks that are hard to overcome
- hearing voices constantly which are unstoppable
- hurting themselves or others
- inability to do regular chores
- stress and tensions of trivial issues
HOW DOES MENTAL DISORDER EFFECT ONE’S LIFE?
Mental illness not only affects one’s life to a great extent. It will have an impact on every area of a person’s life.
1. Mental Illness affects physical health:
While dealing with mental illness, physical health is affected. It becomes difficult to pay attention to the well being of physical health due to mental issues.
2. It affects one’s career:
Most of the employers will refrain from appointing a person with mental illness for a job in their firm or organization. The person who has mental this problem will find it difficult to maintain his work balance in the job. This happens due to the side effects of the medicines or symptoms of mental issues.
3. It can affect education:
A child with mental illness will not be able to cope up with studies in the college or school. Most of the schools are not efficient in providing sufficient help to such students. As a result, such children have to give up their education. The child remains a drop out for his entire life.
4. Difficulty to survive in their own house:
In some cases, a mental patient finds it difficult to survive in his own house. They might need help and support from their family members. Family members are fed of the actions of these people so most of them are not allowed to go out. They are kept restricted to one room.
5.Effect on parenting:
While a woman is taking medicines for mental illness, there is a possibility that it might affect her unborn child. Hence such females should take medical advice if they are planning to conceive.
Family members or loved ones of the mental patient never get any relaxation during their holidays. Most of their holidays are spent on look after such patients. They will get hardly any time for relaxation.
Spirituality might be affected by mental illness. Such patients will lose their faith in God and will never believe in his presence due to the problems they are going through.
8. Social stigma:
An individual with mental illness will carry the stigma of being a mental patient throughout their life, even after they are cured. These people will never overcome the problems that they will face due to this tag.
9.Decreased quality of Life:
The quality of life of a mental patient will always be very low. They will have to face many difficulties to cope up with regular activities.
Lack of employment will leave the mental patient reeling in poverty. Others who are still able to maintain their jobs will find a reduction in their potential to work which might lead to poverty.
Mental patients might face abuse from their family or society throughout their lives.
12. Effects on the family:
Immediate family of a mental patient will have to face many challenges while caring for them. They will find the loss in productivity in their respective jobs. The task of looking after their mentally ill family member is extremely tedious. It will consume their energy and money. Sometimes they might land into poverty. They will not be able to cope up with regular work.
13. Effects on Society:
One of the most common effects on any society is the effect on the Gross national product due to money spent on mental illness and loss of productivity due to mental patients. Mental patients rarely portray jeopardous behaviour or violence but sometimes there can be anger outburst.
PSYCHIATRIC “DISORDERS” ARE NOT MEDICAL DISEASES:
In the medical field, there is a criterion for any situation to be called a disease. For example, fever is a symptom and typhoid is a disease. Mental diseases exist but there is no medical evidence in simple words medical science have not proved the existence of any mental disorder. There are not tests like the x-rays or the brain scan which can prove mental illness.
According to Dr David Kaiser, psychiatrist, “…modern psychiatry has yet to convincingly prove the genetic/biologic cause of any single mental illness…Patients [have] been diagnosed with ‘chemical imbalances’ despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim, and…there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like.”
Psychiatry only records the emotions and behaviours and labels them as a disease to market their medicines. It cannot be considered science but a marketing strategy. Dr.Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, said that ” There is no blood or other biological tests to ascertain the presence or absence of a mental illness, as there is for most bodily diseases.”
PSYCHIATRY HAS NEVER FOUND THE EXACT CAUSE OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Famous psychiatrists around the world have admitted that they are unaware of the causes of mental illness. Even agencies such as The World Psychiatric Association and the US National Institute of Mental Health have accepted and admitted the same. There are only theories and opinions about the cure or symptoms of mental disorders. Most of these theories have no scientific base.
“MENTAL ILLNESS DUE TO CHEMICAL IMBALANCE IN BRAIN” HAS NO EVIDENCE:
“[T]here are no tests available for assessing the chemical status of a living person’s brain.
– Elliot Valenstein, PhD author of ‘Blaming the Brain’
Mental illness is caused due to the chemical imbalance in the brain is a baseless theory. It has hardly any evidence till date.
PSYCHIATRY HAS NO CURE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS:
Unites States has spent billions on Mental health programmes but they were a clear failure. There is a huge misunderstanding that the psychiatrist and their medicines can cure the mental disorder. Most of them are not able to cure the mental illness completely.
NO GENETIC PROOF OF MENTAL ILLNESSES
According to Dr Joseph Glenmullen (Psychiatrist, from Harvard Medical School) and David Kaiser (Psychiatrist), science has not been able to successfully prove that gene or biology is the cause of mental illness.
SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATIONS USED IN MENTAL ILLNESS:
A Psychiatrist also cannot estimate the dangerous ill effects of the medicines they prescribe. The working of these drugs is an unknown process. These medicines have the power to kill. They can double the risk of suicide. It can lead to lifetime physical or mental damage. Even NIMH does not refer to any medical service for mental health. It also never recommends any drug for the same. Let us understand the Common side effects of the medicines given during mental illness.
- suicidal instinct
- heart attack
- sudden death
- Panic attacks
- Weight gain
LET US ALSO UNDERSTAND THE MEDICINES PRESCRIBED BY THE PSYCHIATRIST AND THEIR SIDE EFFECTS:
These medicines are mostly used for patients with depression, anxiety and insomnia. Some patients might respond well but not all. It is not easy to stop these medicines. Stopping them might lead to withdrawal symptoms. FDA has enlisted the common side effects of antidepressants like Nausea and vomiting, gaining weight, feeling sleepy, sexual disorder, diarrhoea, etc.
These medicines lower the symptoms of panic attacks, too much fear or worry. They are used to reduce symptoms or anxiety such as trembling, rapid heartbeat and sweating that patients with phobia experience. These symptoms might be prevalent in people have fear of a situation like public speaking.
People become dependent on these medicines and it becomes like an addiction. Sometimes these patients might develop withdrawal symptoms on stopping these medicines suddenly. Other side effects include drowsiness, unclear vision, headache, fatigue, panic, bad dreams, dizziness, weak memory, joint pain, constant urination, muscle pain, rash, swelling in eye or face, seizures, breathing problems, unclear speech, suicidal instincts, etc.
These medicines are used to treat ADHD. These medicines are thought to balance blood pressure, increase attention and energy, etc. These medicines are not prescribed to the old. It is also used for the treatment of narcolepsy and rarely for depression. Side effects of people consuming stimulants are insomnia, reduced appetite, stomach ache, headache, etc. Sometimes they can also make the individual emotionless or repetitive with sounds and motion.
Antipsychotic medicines are generally prescribed to patients having schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression also known as psychotic depression, dementia, etc. They relive the patients who live in an imaginary world with hallucinations or false beliefs). These medicines don’t cure the mental illness, it only gives relief from symptoms. If an antidepressant medicine is not relieving the mental patient then these medicines are used for depression also.
Relapse of symptoms or worsening of them is one of the most important side effects of this medicine when it is stopped. According to FDA, drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, vomiting, nausea, low blood pressure, restlessness, unusual weight gain, blurred vision, low count of white blood cells, uncontrolled movements, etc. Another important side effect is tardive which causes unusual and uncontrolled muscle movement around the mouth.
Mood stabilizers are used for patients with bipolar disorder, mania and constant mood changes due to other mental diseases. Other diseases that are treated using mood stabilizers are depression, schizoaffective disorder, etc. Itching, rash, excessive thirst, constant urination, shivering of hands, blurred vision, hallucinations, swelling of the face, tongue, hair loss, etc.
EFFECTS OF THESE MEDICINES ON CHILDREN, OLDER ADULTS AND PREGNANT WOMAN:
Everyone who takes mental illness medicines is vulnerable to their side effects. But the above three are more likely to face problems. Let us discuss all three of them.
CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Some medicines prescribed for children and adolescents can have a long-term effect on the children. They might develop a dependency on these medicines. They might have neurological problems, physical issues, etc.
People above the age of 65 need to be extremely careful while consuming these medicines. They are more prone to reactions of these medicines. Their body is already a week to process the medicine. It can affect their memory, sharpness, attention span, etc.
WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR WHO MAY BECOME PREGNANT:
There is a huge risk if any woman is on medication during her pregnancy. These women should avoid mood stabilizers as they can lead to side effects on the unborn child. The child might face problems in breathing, vision, etc. Though most of these symptoms go away with age. It will not lead to death. Antidepressants should also be avoided as they may affect the fetus. A pregnant woman should always be happy and mentally stable. Her family plays a huge role in keeping her happy.
How to cure mental illness without medicines:
Mental health has been one of the most important and discussed issue these days Mental illness does not require professional care. Half of the mentally ill patients show no improvement even after consuming a heavy dose of medicines. Others who feel little relieved might face many side effects. These medicines lead to weight gain, sexual problems, muscle pulls, increase irritation, suicidal desires. Other risks might include ovarian cancer, lung cancer, heart attack, diabetes, etc.
Mental health has been a growing concern all across the globe. Many people try out different drugs until they find the one that perfectly helps cure their problems. Such experimentation, not only proves harmful due to the side effects that some drugs come with, but also demoralizing. Although mental illness does require professional care for proper treatment, yet there remain some things that you can include in your own treatment plan to help better.
Following are some of the ways which will help to cure the mental patients without medicines.
1. Change in daily routine and home remedies
This method is extremely helpful to get rid of mental illness of the methods are to avoid consumption of alcohol and drugs. Resorting to a healthy lifestyle by consuming nutritious food will help the brain to work properly. Using omega-3 fatty acids which are in fish oil will reduce mental issues.
2. Mental health exercises
There are many exercises that are not only helpful to the body but also help the mind. Swimming is one of the best exercises. Dancing not only gives positive energy but also relaxes the mind. Walking and jogging are helpful for heart health and strength of mind. Regularly following a routine of these exercises will reduce the signs of many mental issues. Following are some of the exercises that help our brain.
Striking a power pose.
This power poses help in reducing mental issues like anxiety.
Listening to music.
Music relaxes your mind and body. Many psychiatric patients who listen to music recover faster than those who don’t listen to music.
Recurring muscle relaxing exercise:
In this method, the patient is told to tighten his muscles and thereafter relax them. It can be accompanied by light music. Practising progressive muscle relaxation.
3. Yoga for mind and body:
Yoga has been accepted worldwide as a key to good health. Recent studies have found that yoga poses are good for increasing one’s self-esteem and boosting energy. It will also help to boost ones mental health. Yoga soothes the mind and body.
4.Attending or arranging awareness programmes:
Very few people in India give importance to Mental health in comparison to physical health. They are not aware of the signs and symptoms of mental illness like OCD, depression, etc. Mostly due to lack of awareness about the relationship between mental health and other health issues, people resort to wrong methods of overcoming it. Arranging awareness programmes or attending some of them can be extremely helpful to such patients. Knowing the mental disorder that one is suffering from is extremely crucial.
“People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness about anxiety and depression and help people.”
5.Mental health in teens
Teenagers might fall prey to mental disorders more often compared to the adults and children. Maximum parents are unaware of the symptoms of mental illness. Hence they will ignore the behavioural changes in their child. Following are some signs and symptoms in teenagers that indicate a mental disorder. They should never be ignored.
- sleeping for a longer period of time
- sudden dislike of favourite hobbies or in regular activities
- poor academic performance
- reduction of weight or change in eating habits
- anger or aggressive behaviour.
- low self-esteem.
6. Eliminate certain causes that might lead to mental illness:
It is important to recognize and get rid of some of the causes of mental illness like intake, of harmful toxic substances, medicines, certain diseases, imbalance caused due to hormones, allergies due to certain eatables, parasites and yeast infections like candida.
7. Eat healthy food:
Whatever we eat strengthens our body and mind. It is extremely important to ensure that we are eating healthy food which has nutrients such as vitamins, amino acids, minerals, etc. We should also fish oil and fruits which are extremely good for mental health. Food containing low sugar can also increase the energy of mind and body. Intake of such healthy food will act as fuel for the brain to function properly.
8. Give up bad food and unhealthy living choices:
Avoiding unhealthy food like fried food items which contains trans fats. It is extremely harmful to your brain and other organs of your body these can be replaced with healthy foods like fish, vegetables, etc. Stop using harmful substances like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc. An unhealthy diet can affect the entire working of your body and reduce its immunity.
9. Sound Sleep:
Sound sleep is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Getting sufficient sleep is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Reducing even few hours from your daily sleeping routine might disturb your mental health, energy and aura. It can also lead to depression and other mental issues. One must avoid using mobile phones or watching television at night time. These things might act as a hurdle to your sleep. It is always better to resort to natural methods of sleeping rather than depending on sleeping pills. They can lead to mood swings.
10.Quality of Life:
Poor quality of life is one of the most important causes of Mental illness. Unhappiness, dissatisfaction, neglect, hatred, etc. are some of the reasons for the low quality of life. One must focus on the positive sides of things rather than paying attention to negative things. In order to improve our lives, we must learn new techniques and skills, recognize our aim in life, never compare with others, move ahead in life, etc. Exercising is also one method to improve our situation and overall health.
11. Social Support:
Overcoming mental illness is not the work of a single person. Society is an important part of everyone’s life. In spite of putting efforts to overcome mental disorders single-handedly, they need help from the loved ones and society. Peer support and support from family members can prove helpful to such patients.
12. Stay in an open environment:
Going out in the heart of nature is crucial for maintaining sound mental and physical health. Spending time under trees reduces stress. It also helps to maintain normal blood pressure and heartbeat. Open air and sunlight play a significant role in maintaining the mental health of a person. It will not only boost the level of Vitamin D but also help in improving the mental balance of the person.
A Regular exercise routine is better than medicines. Running, weight lifting, etc can soothe anxiety levels. It also removes stress and depression. Exercise is not only important to the body but also mind. It improves blood circulation, boosts energy, gives confidence, reduces anxiety, etc. Most importantly when the body becomes fit, the mind is sure to become fit as well.
Meditation and breathing exercises help to relieve the stress levels of an individual. They will also soothe the person from his prevailing anxiety. It helps the person to improve his concentration levels. It improves the ability to concentrate on certain things. It brings a positive attitude towards life.
Whenever people meditate, they are able to forget the pains and worries that are prevailing in their lives. It can also remove the burden of mental illness.
Giving importance to ourselves is extremely significant. People generally give time and care to other family members and avoid themselves and their health. It is totally acceptable to take care of yourself and give some time to yourself. Especially woman is found to dedicate the least time to themselves.
Everyone should remember that ‘No one can take care of yourself except you’. In fact, by taking care of yourself, you will be a better parent. Most of the parents only take care of their children and avoid their health. Unless we have sound health how can we dedicate time to our family members?
16. Social Support:
Mental illness cannot be overcome alone. Man is a social animal and he will be affected by the moods and behaviour of the society. Peers and family can be a great help for a mentally ill patient. Communication is a key to improvement. We should make sure to have ample talks with the affected person. Sometimes stress and anxiety are relieved through a short session of talks.
It also inculcates a positive attitude towards life. Support from loved ones is a great relief to such patients. It also motivates the person to take up challenging tasks. Most importantly it gives confidence to the person that he can improve his situation.