‘Mental health’ refers to a person’s feeling of well-being, or his ability to enjoy life – work, relationships and leisure activities
When do you say someone is mentally ill?
- odd behavior, or a major change in how he used to be
- strange beliefs that seem almost magical
- withdrawn, keeping severely to self
- mood swings with no obvious cause
- excessive talk and ‘out of control’ behavior
- depression and crying for no obvious reason
- uncontrollable anxiety that affects daily activities
- fear/terror that can’t be explained
- phobias that restrict normal life
How does this happen?
- We are able to ‘think’ only because nerve cells communicate via chemicals in the brain.
- Behaviour is guided by thoughts.
- If thoughts are abnormal, behaviour is likely to be abnormal too.
What can be done?
- The goal of treatment is to get the brain to function normally again
- Medications would be the starting point
- Helping the family and later, the person himself, understand the possible reasons for the illness
- Work out strategies to prevent similar episodes in the future
- In cases where complete recovery is not possible, make lifestyle changes to help him adapt to his new reality.