10 Reasons why Mental Disorders are Underrated in India

Psychological disorders can be intimidating for the ones devouring them. The obligation of neuropsychiatry diseases is expansive, particularly in a developing country like India. The absence of adequate and quality of knowledge about the disorders in the society is unsettling. Stigmas and discrimination against people with mental disorders influences their education, occupation, treatment and affects their capacity to contribute to the society.

People with such disorders mustn’t be treated distinctively, as their ailments are treatable and they too can lead a normal life.

10.) The disease tends to become your identity

Somehow, a psychological disorder seems to become one’s identity as people refuse to let go if it. People hold onto them for the sake of their cheap gossip or nosy nature. This discourages the patients, hence they fall into depression with the thought of being treated with inequity.

People with less or no knowledge do not regard them well. They distinct children from the rest of their friends and adults from the rest of their surroundings. Deriding them, calling them names, criticising them or physically harassing them is the work of despicable scumbags, who have nothing to trace.

Do not allow such rogue men to influence you or your life at the least bit. Instead, stay focussed on what you wish to pursue.

9.) People isolate themselves instead of divulging

Psychologically distressed people tend to isolate themselves and shelter from the pessimistic remarks. They develop a fear of social assemblages, as they don’t picture themselves as captivating or possessing the ability of fraternising any further. They drown into a state of abandonment in order to avoid situations that might be embarrassing and bequeath an impact.

Instead of running away from such situations, people must rather acclimatise to their condition. This will assist in their humble realisation that neither are they any different nor disabled.

8.) Fear of non-consideration

Patients, especially teenagers, have a trepidation of not being accepted or acknowledged. They feel excluded and equivalent to a liability. Children develop this deep sense of not being worthy of friendship or companionship. In today’s world, when there is towering competitiveness in studies and extracurriculars, these children feel debarred from the new cool and social spheres.

Social media serves a huge platform for the same, especially when children start levelling their triumph by the number of likes on their pictures which serves no cause, rather than significant credentials. Thus, one must loose such frights and work towards the improvement of their symptoms.

7.) Fear of bullying or harassment

Fear of harassment is common amongst the patients parents, as their children can be held victim to brutal crimes. Teenagers or even adults for that matter have this consternation as society’s dissent in acceptance is petrifying to them. Insensitivity towards patients has been copiously cognised and yet not resolved.

Patients are vulnerable. In many cases, people captivate their confidence and faith, and later exploit them. They hold them witness to partiality and inhumane conduct. This must be stopped, because if not, then this might serve as the denouement of benevolence.

6.) Society’s inability to be flexible

This is a prevalent episode in every contemporary context of life, people aren’t ready to accept the change. People tend to be judgmental, rude or lucidly prying when aware of one’s situation. This might not be poignant in standardised predicament but in situations like these, they are devastating. Patients need love and support to recuperate from their malaise. The disorder should not be dealt with as a setback but an opportunity to acquire more knowledge, for both the patient and society.

5.) Fear of loosing job/ opportunities

Working men/ women have arduousness in informing their colleagues about their psychogenic circumstances, for they fear demotions or other substantial losses in their employment. They feel that they might be excluded from pivotal and prominent projects and lent menial jobs, which they might. One of the irrational dread is the bung in advancement or progress, which further stresses people suffering from such disorders.

4.) Lack of communication

Many a times, parents are impuissant in adjusting with the child’s state of mind and oversight his/her actions as being done intentionally or another mischief. The lacuna in communication leads to assumptions and in many cases they go horribly wrong. If parents confide with the child and indulge in their decisions, they will be able to understand what their child is trying to express.

The other case with some parents is their orthodox opinions about such disorders and the fear of judgement from the society. These steps force the child to succumb himself/herself into their own world and renounce social existence.

3.) Fear of society’s verdict!

Parents or sometimes the patients themselves are reluctant to share their stories because what will Sharma Aunty’s mother’s nephew’s sister’s cousins’s daughters’s grandmother’s father say! Maybe a ‘Hello, from heaven!’.

One of the radical stimuli for the intolerance of such disorders are the patients themselves, who shelter themselves from coming out. If those who consume these issues vocalise their situation then the impediments might settle to an extent. Also, there are so many who deny treatment from the fear of public slandering!

Sharing your story will only make you stronger and will give you the ability to accept the change. Everything happens for a reason. Don’t take your malady as a sign of frailness. Realise how many channels it has unlatched for you to explore.

2.) Taboos surrounding around them

People with psychological disorders are automatically associated with detrimental labels and stigmas. As if the society’s incompetence to empathise with their problems wasn’t sufficient!

They are compartmentalised as lunatics or doomed or possessed or just people with ‘bad karma’! Education at this point bears oodles of substantiality, as the incapability of people to understand the circumstances or symptoms is disturbing. Suddenly, there will be prayers and priests by your bed side to wrench out the entity bewitching your body! Eventually, when this hoax of an experience is over, please take the poor guy to an authorised psychiatrist.

1.) Lack of knowledge

The society has a preponderance of those willing to raze others worlds to the ground with the weapon called half-knowledge and the virtue of the term ‘Badnaami’! Seizures are considered ‘mata rani’s arrival’, mental disorders as the end of sanity, sufferers as psychopathic murderers, clinically depressed are newly singles or have recently aborted, OCD is a habit and the people who think that, are the brightest!

Misconceptions aren’t new to our society, people tend to react to them more tumultuously than requisite. People with special demands have to suffer because of society’s deprivation in benevolent comprehension and inability to respect and accept people as who they are.

Being a clinically depressed person myself, I come across the most hysterical buffoons of all time, one of who suggested me to gobble a can or two of beer and ‘let it out’! I don’t know if he meant neurotransmitters, emotions or a gag of spit!

People need to apprehend the reality for the sake of magnanimity that these disorders are palpable and treatable. People with such disorders can lead absolutely normal lives. Mostly, if you let them.

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Aakanksha Nagar