Areeha Ijaz

Areeha Ijaz

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Areeha Ijaz

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This world is a place where millions of different people are living different lives and go through different challenges of life that sometimes make them feel miserable about themselves and sometimes their hardships make them the ultimate heroes who survive the terrifying storms of life and live to their full potentials. The challenges that people experience is different and some are not commonly recognized by everyone thus making those, who go through such pain and misery, feel weird and lonely about themselves. Just like that there exists a disease called mental illness which exists in various forms. Since a very long time there have been stigma attached with such diseases which have destroyed many melancholic souls and have made them believe and think lesser about themselves as they are perceived to be ‘different’ or ‘rare’ as compared to others. So, what our society tries to tell them is that they don’t completely suck but others are better and ‘more normal’ than them. Just for a moment, think how would You feel if these words were directed towards you? How would you feel if you were discouraged thoroughly by the society and people eyed you with fear as if you are going to eat them up or maybe you are an alien from another planet? You would feel weird, right?

There are several questions and confusions that arise in people’s minds and here are some of them from a long list; what exactly is mental illness? Are these people mad or would they eat everyone up, if they are in those moods? Are they different from others? Are they those monsters who destroy everything if they are angry or not feeling well? Is it okay to think that people who go through mental illness will ultimately end up in a mental hospital or maybe jail for the rest of their lives? Well to all these extremely upsetting questions the answer is a big No. Mental illness is a health problem which is concerned with how people’s feelings, thinking, behavior, and interaction gets adversely affected with others. It is diagnosed according to the standardized criteria. The term mental disorder is also used to refer to these health problems. A mental health problem also interferes with how an individual think, feels and behaves, but its intensity is less than a mental illness.

Mental health problems are more common and may include mental ill health that may be caused because of tensions, stresses or anxieties of life and may disturb a person for a while. It is a reactionary state of an individual. Mental health problems are less severe and damaging than mental illness however they should be dealt with strict care on time or they may turn into permanent mental illness if effective measures are not taken. Mental illnesses cause a great deal of suffering to those experiencing them and even to their beloved ones, their family and friends who care about them. Furthermore, these problems are increasing rapidly with time. According to the World Health Organization, depression will be one of the biggest health problems worldwide by the year 2020. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Illness shows 20% of youth ages 13 to 18 suffer from severe mental illness. According to Mental Health America, depression in teens is increasing at an “alarming” rate.

There are several types of mental illnesses and each has its own severity. Some of the major types are depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders. The most common mental illnesses are anxiety and depressive disorders. There are many people who experience strong feelings of tension, fear, stress, anxiety and sadness and a lot of times such mental illness is present when people become so overwhelmed with these feelings that it becomes extremely difficult for them to cope with their day-to-day routine like maintaining healthy relationships, doing work and enjoying leisure time. In extreme cases, people severely suffer from depressive disorders in which they are not able to get out of their bed and take care of themselves physically. People with severe anxiety disorders do not get out of their homes or carry out certain rituals that help them in alleviating their fears. Other mental illnesses are less common like those which involve psychosis. These include schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder. People who are suffering from such extreme episode of psychosis consider their world different from normal and loose tough with reality. Their ability to make sense of thoughts, feelings and other lives around them is seriously affected. A psychotic episode may involve delusions, such as false beliefs of persecution, guilt, or grandeur. It may involve hallucinations, where the person sees, hears, smells, or tastes things that are not there. Psychotic episodes can be threatening and confusing to other people. Such behavior is difficult to understand for people who are not familiar with it.

Now it is quite clear that in what forms does mental illnesses exists and which ones are more common and which ones are less common and are usually an extreme case. People suffering from mental illnesses are no different creatures but just like us. They do experience different moods but they should just be cared and loved in that case, not rejected and disowned by everyone. In short, Mental illness is a general term that refers to a group of illnesses, in the same way that heart disease refers to a group of illnesses and disorders affecting the heart. So, what all of us must learn is that every person came in this world with their own luck, destiny and life which ultimately means with their own challenges that may be different from us because if all of us had same problems then how will we form different stores with different lessons. Hence, we learn that every person has a lot more to offer to this world and can make this world a remarkable place in their own way so it’s time that we love more and judge less!