It is not easy battling a mental illness. The road to recovery is long and difficult. Medical help, counselling and effort on the patients part goes a long way in making the journey easier. Physical health is tangible in nature. A fever can be measured, and treated with paracetamols. Similarly, a fracture can be put in a cast. However, in the case of mental health, the symptoms are ignored at first, dismissed as minor mood-swings. It is only when problems begin to crop up in everyday life, that people make the effort to go through a proper evaluation.
For many people, mental health has a major impact on their performance at the workplace. It hampers their ability to lead fulfilling lives. They are not able to discuss it with co-workers, because sadly, for many employers, mental health remains somewhat of a taboo subject, spoken of with embarrassment, with the fear of discrimination and isolation.
Despite there being more awareness than before regarding mental health in society, people still hesitate to seek help, if they feel they are afflicted with something. They don’t want the fear of stigma at the workplace.
Mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and psychosis, affect the way people think, behave and feel. Depression and anxiety nowadays is very common. Some conditions develop over time, while others are suddenly triggered by a random event, such as the death of a loved one. Some people are able to manage their ailment, while others struggle to come to terms with it.
Someone who is afflicted with mental health needs all the support they can get. Whether it is from friends, colleagues or relatives, they need a helping hand to overcome their illness. There are a few things one can do to prevent potential isolation due to mental illness. These are
1. Coming to terms with the problem, and not being afraid to discuss it with the concerned people, especially those who work with you.
2. Seeking medical attention, and being frank with the doctor regarding symptoms, regularity of medication, etc.
3. Seeking a local support group.
4. Joining a club, for example, a book reading club, or a creative writing club.
5. Taking part in social activities.
6. Exercising regularly.
7. Learning something new, for example, taking a language course maybe?
8. Taking part in social causes like volunteering, to generate good vibes for oneself.
The stigma surrounding mental health, should not prevent one from going out and enjoying life. The loved ones should encourage him/her to keep themselves as occupied as possible, to prevent social isolation. Loneliness is not good for someone who has a mental illness. It just manifests the symptoms. Talking and communicating with other people, being part of the social fabric makes one feel more mainstream and more enthusiastic.