Roughly 56 million Indians suffer from depression while 38 million suffer from some anxiety disorders. Mental health conditions that affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours include depression and anxiety. More than 200 different types of mental illnesses exist. Did you know that it may take years for someone to receive an appropriate diagnosis and treatment after they first experience mental health issues? It is time to spread awareness about mental health disorders, remove the stigma around it, discuss more of it and get closer to achieve the theme of World Mental Health Day 2022 ‘Making mental health and well-being for all a global priority’.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is influenced by several social and environmental factors that interact with our own biological predisposition and family circumstances. It affects how you feel, act, think, and interact with others. How you handle stress is also influenced by your mental health. Mental health conditions are disturbances in a person’s thinking, feeling, or behaviour and may also disrupt your professional, social, family activities. Mental health conditions are like any other physical disorder and need appropriate medical care. Symptoms of mental health disorders usually improve with treatment, which may include medication, psychotherapy, alternative therapies, etc.

Signs of a Mental Health disorder

One out of every five people may suffer from a mental illness. Mental illness can strike anyone, whether they are young or old. It may have an impact on your thoughts and actions. Anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, and schizophrenia are a few examples of common mental illnesses. Numerous mental illnesses can seriously impair a person’s capacity to carry out daily activities including working, studying, or maintaining their quality of life. The majority of the time, psychotherapy and medicine can be used to control the symptoms of mental diseases. Some signs that indicate a mental health disorder include:

  • Long-lasting sadness or irritability
  • Extreme changes in moods
  • Social withdrawal
  • Changes in eating or sleeping pattern
  • Excessive paranoia or worry
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Unnecessary feelings of guilt
  • The tendency to react with violence
  • Paranoia/ Hallucinations
  • Feeling suicidal

Ways to boost your Mental Health

Do you dedicate some time daily to take care of your mental well-being? Managing your feelings and handling everyday challenges is an important part of staying mentally stable. Keeping your mental health in check may occasionally need seeking help from a mental health specialist. However, apart from that here are the essential steps to take on a regular basis to improve your mental and emotional wellness:

  • Be physically active
  • Learn new skills
  • Eat healthy
  • Stay connected
  • Practice self-care
  • Sleep well
  • Cope better with stress
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco
  • Get help when you need

Mental health care at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital

Are you suffering from any mental health related queries or concerns such as anxiety, mood swings, sleep difficulties, depression, death or separation of a loved one? Do not delay seeking help to address your mental health needs. Meet highly trained and compassionate counselors and mental health specialists at our Department of Psychiatry. Please visit the below link for more information:

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