Most of the times, mental health is confused with mental illness, since historically, mental health services were provided only for mental disorders like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Anorexia. Mental health is still misunderstood by many people, and it is still considered taboo in many parts of the world. To remove this social stigma is to talk about it and educate people about mental health. Our brain is the most complex organ in the whole human body and much like the other organs, it can have problems too. Issues related to our psychological and cognitive functioning are classified under mental health. The term 'Mental Health' encompasses mental wellbeing and mental illness. Problems with our mental health are very common and can range from mild stress to severe depression. Most of the times, the issues are not very significant and can be managed with a little bit of effort. The first step towards educating ourselves is acknowledging the fact that mental illnesses are real and an answer like "If you're depressed, just get happy" doesn't work. It's much more complicated than that. Just like physical illnesses, mental health problems are very real and often more common than physical illnesses. And these problems seem to have grown substantially in the last century. Just loneliness has gone up by 300% in the last decade. Mental health problems can generally be hard to diagnose by yourself, but a few signs to look out for are:
feeling sad almost every day
Lack of focus
Extreme mood swings
There can be more "substantial" symptoms, but it is best to talk about it with your doctor if you think you have one or more of these symptoms. If you think you don't have anyone to talk to, we're always here. In the upcoming weeks, we'll go have a more in-depth look at different kinds of mental health issues and how we can resolve them. We'll also be posting stories from individuals who have overcome mental health problems. You can submit your story to inspire others here Have a great day, and remember, You're not alone.