Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mental Health 

Mental health is as important as physical health . When  we have stomach ache or any other discomfort in our body , we consult professionals to get out of the discomfort . when we have low mood for a considerable period of time , feel irritable , agitated for a long time we hesitate to consult  a professional . we take things for granted till the situations worsens to a great level . When we see our adolescent child's behaviour has considerably changed - the school performance has deteriorated , gets easily irritated over small issues , appetite has become poor , loosing weight , sleeping or dozing in the day time yet we find parents overlook these symptoms ! We do not think of seeking help till  serious problems crop up ! reason behind this is partly our lack of knowledge  about Mental health and partly we hesitate to consult a Mental Health professional  because of the stigma in our society .

Mental Health Warning Signs !
Mental Health problems can be real , painful and severe !
Some of the signs that may point to a possible problem are listed below.
  • poor concentration; can't make decisions
  • Restlessness - inability to sit still or focus attention
  • overreact to things , irritable A persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than would be expected for the individual's stage of development
  • Excessive worry about being harmed, hurting others, or about doing something "bad"
  • Repetitive Rituals like the need to wash, clean things, or perform certain routines dozens of times a day
  • Talking about committing suicide
  • Drastic changes in behavior
  • unexplained changes in your sleeping or eating habits.. too much apetite or poor apetite
  • you avoid friends or family... whereas liked to mix up with friends previously 
  • you are daydreaming a lot and can't get things done
  • very angry most of the time, cry a lot or overreact to things
  • worthless or guilt feeling 
  • anxious or worried a lot more than other  people
  • grief for a long time after a loss or death 
  • extremely fearful-have unexplained fears or more fears than other people
  • constantly concerned about physical problems or appearance... complaints of stomach aches , nausea , dizziness, chest pain or discomfort , feeling of choking 
  • frightened that your mind is controlled or is out of hear voices that cannot be explained... voices giving you instructions .

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health problems can help you and others to get the care they need on the right time . Here are some of the signs are mentioned that may be reason for seeking help from a Mental Health professional. 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Horizon - a Story

Horizon - a story 

The horizon is the line or that forms the boundary .between earth and sky. The English word “horizon” comes from the Greek word “ horos “ which means “ limit” . The horizon is the limit of one’s vision, beyond which one cannot see.

“Horizon” can also mean the limit of one’s vision of life, one’s outlook on life. “What is the point and purpose of life?”
“why are we born ?”
“What am I doing here ?”” what’s it all about ?

The teacher asked ….
“And what do you see out there?”
“I see horizon.”
“And have you ever walked on the horizon?”
“No, I am too young.”
“Well, someday you will.”
And when I get there what will I find?”
“ when you get there you will discover another horizon- another far beyond.”
“And if I walk again ?”
“And if I walk again?”
“If you walk again you will know that the second horizon is merely a starting place for the third.”

“Will my life then be always losing horizons?”
“ No , of always finding them !”