Thought and mind can unravel the mysteries of anything and everything. They are the brightest color on the dullest day and the warmest cloak on the coldest night. They encase and envelope everything around us, from a single thread in the ravines of our brain to the clump of paint on a canvas, to every dot of ink in an alphabet.
You see when we talk about thought and mind, more often than not, mental health does not come to our brains because we have been incessantly trained to think that it is topic of insignificance. And this is entirely the reason why over the years the stigma surrounding mental health has been strengthened but with that the resistance has also strengthened as in every revolution. Where there were people who before were afraid of even using the phrase, “Mental Health” are now people inspiring millions around the world with their stories because whatever the stigma might be, we all have stories and their voices cannot be silenced.
In fact it is observed that the more these stories and people are highlighted and their opinions and feelings voiced, the more people around the world learn from them and apprehend that they are not alone in their trials and tribulations.
What is Mental Health?
Before we consider what is mental health in its own definition, it is important to see what is the health of an individual generally because mental health is, the over all health of a person further subdivided into categories like physical health is.
Thus when we talk about health, it is the complete, mental and physical well-being of an individual where they are not only physically fit but also mentally capable to take on the challenges of everyday life in a positive and healthy manner. Thus often when we consider someone being healthy we often see whether they exercise or not or whether they are eating healthy or not or perhaps how much they weigh or whether or not they are disabled or not. Although all of these individual constituents do constitute the health of an individual but more often than not we forget a very important side of the spectrum of health, and that is the mental health of an individual.
Mental Health is the condition or the state of an individual which constitutes the emotional and psychological well-being of that individual. Thus the mutual symbiosis of both the mental and physical health constitutes the overall health of a person.
Mental Health and its Disorders
Mental Health is an overarching term for manifold and numerous emotional and psychological states and naturally is further subdivided and categorized. Thus naturally when we talk about physical health and a disability or an illness with regards to it, it is termed a physical illness. So, eventually when we talk about mental health, we talk about mental disabilities, mental illnesses and mental disorders which just like physical illnesses, require proper diagnosis and professional aid in terms of their standard of severity.
Mental Health disorders can be categorized in many different subdivisions. For example here is an exemplary list of a few common mental disorders:
- Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias
- Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia
A Discussion with Regards to Mental Health
The topic of Mental Health, like any other topic of Disease and Health is a topic with unfathomable depth, especially as more and more research studies are being done by world renowned organizations and universities. This just makes us understand that there is a lot more apprehension required for this issues not only globally but especially on a national level, as Pakistan being a developing country.
Mental Health is like this pond, with a glassy yet clear surface which might throw people off however it consists of diverse and indispensable topics, categories and subdivisions that still require a lot of research and analysis so that even unexplainable situations and circumstances become even clearer and easier to diagnose and this all can only be achieved once its stigma is removed and considerably decreased from the society so as to make people more comfortable with not only their personal needs but also so that more people can pursue it and make it a norm.
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”
– Glenn Close