It’s about how we think, feel and behave. It’s about our inner-self and how we interact with society. Certain conditions which do not adhere to the psychological status quo render many to suffer in silence. Many times, mental health disorders are not easy to identify, since they’re not quite visible. Hence, they are sometimes underestimated.
Mental health is often considered to be a taboo. It is often ignored. Symptoms of possible mental health disorders are shown at a primary age. However, due to them being shown at such an early stage, such symptoms often go unnoticed. Hence, late diagnoses result in a harder path of the person.
There are over 200 classified forms of mental disorders. However, you can classify them into five major categories of mental conditions: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia/psychotic disorders, dementias and eating disorders.
For instance, an example of an anxiety disorder is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As the name suggests, it’s a condition that involves obsessions and compulsions caused by unwanted intrusive thoughts. It’s like having two brains – a rational and irrational one – and they are constantly fighting. OCD feeds on doubts. An example would be constant excessive hand washing due to a fear of contamination. In severe cases, OCD may be time consuming and dysfunctional. The fine line between what is real and what is not is distorted. It creates tension and anxiety. The more you give in to the rituals and obsessions, the worse it becomes.
Another type of mental health condition is depression. It involves mostly being sad and distant from the rest of society. Like OCD, there is a distortion of reality. It involves a complete sense of hopelessness, isolation, despair and misery. Other forms of mental health disorders are autism, anorexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Mental health disorders often isolate a person from the rest. They trap the sufferer in a maze, where in the mind there seems to be no possible escape. However, the way forward to treating such conditions would be to primarily identify the problem and to open up and confide in someone the sufferer trusts, someone that could possibly understand what they’re going through. The latter is important so that the sufferer won’t feel alone and helpless struggling against such problems. Another essential step to take is to seek professional help. Here is a link to Mental Health Services Malta’s page.
I don’t like referring to any form of mental disorder as an illness, as with the right attention, awareness and professional help and support, coupled with determination of course, I strongly believe that they can be treated and feel alive again. I’ve actually seen people who’ve reigned over their condition. It is of course not an easy battle and has many struggles, but it is a battle that can be won nonetheless.