Youth Agenda Affirmative Action

Youth Agenda Affirmative Action

Monday, 4 August 2014

On Mental Health

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On mental illness, there is much that we do not know. There are the more severe kinds that require you to be in hospital taking jabs of all sorts of medicine and then there are the daily occurrences that hardly have us thinking twice that we could be suffering from mental disorders and/or illnesses. That tiny tantrum you threw this morning for absolutely no reason or that massive mood swing you had because your sugar dish ran out…or how about that bout of cursing you did because you sent the baby of all typos on that text to your boss…or how you just loooooove ‘comfort food’; that could be a sign of a mental disorder, a startup symptom so to speak; the irony that is life, right?
There’s more than the average range of mental disorders that are mostly known to us. These include the likes of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, impulse control and addiction disorders, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, adjustment disorders, dissociative disorders, factitious disorders, sexual and gender disorders, somatic symptom disorders, tic disorders, dementia or what is now commonly known as Alzheimer’s Disease just to name a few, most of which you thought were normal occurrences that one could attribute to weather changes , changes in diet, sleep patterns, bodily functions etc, right? WRONG!
So journey with us for the rest of the week as we give you insight on exactly what all the above mentioned could be. And learn why you mustn’t take any for granted because, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but even Alzheimer’s starts with very mild or negligible symptoms that we deem normal.
It is also very important that we familiarize ourselves with these disorders not only for ourselves but even for those around us and the people we love. I have read heartbreaking stories of people who have had to take care of their loved ones that have unfortunately fallen victim of mental illness that could have well been avoided.
Not only for purposes of prevention but also so as to understand victims of those really-hard-to-manage diseases in a bid to build tolerance and courage to face.
I’m no doctor, but I know how to gather information, how to manage it and share it. Trust me, you’re better off knowing than not. Besides, information IS power, right?
Welcome aboard!

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