Just as I was browsing through tumblr this afternoon, clueless about what to write for today’s blog, A pop-up here reminded me that its world mental health day today.
I suddenly felt like I have a whole chunk of things to talk upon.
Pondering about mental health issues, especially the much dreaded depression, I always felt like there is a massive ignorance due to neglect of material facts in understanding depression, or even mental health in general. Which in turn made its stigma to stick around, for the longest time now.
Thinking about depression, I was always more concerned about people falling prey to their own perception, and end up believing that they are depressed, WHICH THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY NOT!
I am interested and curious about the flip side of this discussion, to help people not feeling anxious about mental issues they don’t even have, and to identify objectively that their current mental state may be a product of a recent mishap, an unexpected situation, or merely due to a string of complex ideas popping up for no reason.
And since we don’t have a better articulation to express the situation, it’s too conveniently labled as depression. This this ironical yet true that this danger of having a false perception is higher even in well informed and information rich societies.
Proper consultation, or even a few productive sessions with a professional can easily evade a long traumatic experience of confusion and cluelessness, can prevent from a shattering experience of self pity and constant sense of self imposed vulnerability. It’s literally a talk away!
The very first thing a counselor do/ should do in this case is articulate better. And that is so much important!
This invariably breaks the chain of thoughts and helps you have a reality check. More objectively. Which, in case of lack of proper counciling, makes the person drift deep into emotions of self pity and confusion, and takes away the sanity to think and decide upon situations.
Making the point again, I strongly feel that there’s an urgent need to cure the ill, but there’s an absolute need to prevent the healthy from falling ill too.
Especially preventing them from making wrong inferences about their mental state.
Lastly, to all the mental issue survivors and worriors, here goes a big fat hug and the most sincere homage to their fight against varied mental issues. Who always choose to keep a smile in spite of a havoc so unimaginable, and deserves the best care in the world.
To those who maybe the most generous souls, yet often rendered as unsocial, quiet and even weird, we as a civilization should feel indebted, for their fight so fierce, that it was able to shake our perceptions and redefine our sensibilities.
They made us more humane as desired, received less compassion than deserved!