Mental health disorders, whether big or small, are so classified that people never manage to get the right treatments for it at the right time. People in your family, social circle or work can be the victims to mental conditions without you knowing. For this type of mental problems, ignorance can be fatal. As per the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH, someone commits suicide in the world, for every 40 seconds.
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After the recent declaration by Selena Gomez and Zayn Malik on event cancellations because of anxiety, and many celebs coming out with such kind of problems, it’s a hope that the blemishes associated with these conditions will completely go away soon.
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Disorder of anxiety appears in many kinds and stages. Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD’s), post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, eating & behavioral disorders fall in these categories. Minor forms of anxiety are quiet common and can be treated with changes in lifestyle and use of therapies. Medications are used when these methods do not bring any good. All of the following disorders can drive anxiety and so can the genetic and environmental factors. Panic attacks are typical effect of high anxiety.
Lena Dunham, Emma Stone, Elton John, Amanda Seyfried and Kate Moss are a few celebrities who are known to have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders.
Depression has its effect on over more than 350 million people worldwide and is a foremost cause for disability. Less productivity at work, issues in relationships with increased risk of self-harm are few effects of depression. Chronic cognitive symptoms of depression which involves indecisiveness, and lack of concentration & memory are what impairs quality of peoples’ life with depression even after treatment.
Deepika Padukone and Kristen Bell are the popular actors who recently came out with their depression stories. These announcements can help unravel the blemishes around diagnosis of the same and its treatment.
3. Bi-polar Affective
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Bi-polar affective disorder has its effect on 60 million people globally; this can be manic or depressive. In manic- irritability, hyperactivity, insomnia, inflated self-esteem and speech problems are core symptoms. Stabilizing the mood with use of treatment and psychosocial support proves significant to treat this disorder.
Vincent Van Gogh, one of the great artists of all time, died in 1890 & his death is attributed to bi-polar affective disorder. He also was a victim of depression and anxiety. Catherine Zeta Jones and Demi Levato were treated with this condition and underwent medical treatment.
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Dementia is progressive deterioration incognitive function which goes beyond the normal effects of ageing. It might be caused by other medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease or strokes. Over 47.5 million people in the world suffer from some stages of dementia. While complete cure for dementia is not possible, treatments can give some relief to patients and also to their caretakers.
Ronald Reagon, former president of the USA (1981-1989), disclosed that he suffered from Alzheimer’s during 1994. Michael J. Fox suffered from Parkinson’s disease as well as dementia which are a common condition in the later stages of this ailment. Robin WIlliams, suffered from Lewy body dementia which later led him to commit suicide (according to an interview given by his wife).
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Psychotic hallucinations, delusions and cognitive distortion characterize this disorder. Due to heavy stigma surrounding it, people often refuse to go for diagnosis or treatment for the same. It affects 20 million people universally. With effective medical treatment and support, people with schizophrenia can lead a normal and productive life and this fact is not known by many people.
John Nash, a celebrated mathematician and Nobel laureate was treated with schizophrenia as was Albert Einstein’s son Eduard Einstein. Parveen Babi an Indian actress was rumored to possess paranoid schizophrenia and depression. She was discovered dead in her apartment in Juhu, Mumbai in 2005.
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Optimal mental health results in the choice for a great quality of life. As per the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 17% of the total U.S. population is in a state of optimal mental health. Awareness and treatment can help them fight with mental disorders to live a complete, productive and healthy life.