A six-step process for diagnosing mental illness
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about one billion people worldwide suffer from a mental illness. Despite the fact that there are scientific, evidence-based therapies for such diseases, more than 75% of people in poor and middle-income nations do not receive any.
Mental health issues are still stigmatized, despite the fact that they are among the most substantial contributions to the burden of care. People are afraid of being judged, misunderstood, mocked, or discriminated against in some way. In fact, stigma is likely the most significant impediment to obtaining help. This stigma exists as a result of a lack of information regarding mental health issues and the fact that they aren't discussed freely and honestly.
How many times have we missed work due to a headache or a fever? How openly can we ask our acquaintances for a recommendation for a doctor who treats physical ailments? Is there a day when we'll be able to have similar discussions concerning our mental health? To get there, we must remember that mental health is an intrinsic element of overall health and must be recognized in the same way that physical health is. As a result, mental health issues are neither a sign of personal weakness nor something that can be easily overcome. Rather, they are the result of a complex interaction of biological, psychological, and social variables.
At the same time, mental health encompasses more than simply disorders; it also encompasses a sense of well-being. It's also about our ability to deal with the stresses of everyday life, to reach our full potential, to work productively, and to give back to our communities. Consider how our mental health affects virtually every part of our lives.
We all experience emotions, which can be both pleasant and unpleasant. Every one of us has had experiences that have shaped the way we think and interact with the world. Every once in a while, we all have awful days. We all know someone in our circles who may be suffering from a mental illness.
As a result, it's past time to #UnMute and start having meaningful dialogues about mental health. The first step is to express our feelings. It's important to remember that reaching out and asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Sharing your experiences with a family member, friend, coworker, or mentor can help you not only vent your feelings, but also validate them, acquire new insights, find answers, and feel supported on your journey.
It is our communal responsibility to be mental health champions. We need to have mental health talks in our homes, schools, with our friends, and at work. In your talks, be attentive, sympathetic, and nonjudgmental. Also, be aware of the attitude you communicate through your language. If you notice someone struggling, don't be afraid to lend a helping hand. Make contact and let them know you're willing to listen. Above all, remember that our support systems, whether they are helplines or mental health specialists, are always ready to assist you.
Here's a six-step strategy to getting in touch with someone.
1) Recognize shifts in your own attitude, mood, performance, and mental process. If anything is interfering with your general ability to operate, it's time to seek help. You may feel drowsy, tired, irritable, restless, worried, and prone to expressing uncontrollable emotions.
2) Talk to someone you trust, whether it's family, friends, or anybody else. Let others know how you're feeling.
3) Consult with your family physician about the next steps.
4) Consult with a psychiatrist (near your place as proximity will help you take that first step or opt for an online consult)
5) Involve your family and support systems.
6) In the event of a crisis, call a hotline for assistance. Speak with a mental health professional for more assistance once you've calmed down.