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When you catch the flu or fever, or a headache, you go to a doctor to get it checked and for proper medication. When your child gets sick and is in pain, you will go to the best hospital in Pakistan to take expert advice on your child’s health. You never take the physical health of yours and your loved ones for granted.

But when your mental health gets compromised and you don’t feel mentally healthy, you don’t go to a psychologist or get any professional help right away. You wait and try to figure it out on your own or you just leave it and make it even worse. And it’s not just you, it’s all of us. We, the society.

But why is that?

Why do we not take our mental health as seriously as we take our physical health? The answer is, there is a stigma attached to mental illness. Our society has developed this idea that mental health is not real and “it’s all in your head.” The boomers don’t buy this idea of depression and anxiety, in their opinion it is something millennials and Generation Z have invented, as they are too lazy to work and they just want an excuse to cover their failures.

Our parents in Pakistan never consider that their children can be mentally upset. That the sickness they call weakness is actually depression, they don’t understand that they are not weak, they just need someone to hear and to be a little supportive. They are not ready to accept that the world they spent their youth in, is not the same anymore. That their children are not born in the same world as theirs.

How can this affect you?  

Every best hospital in Pakistan offers its mental health services, but what we lack is awareness. First, we are not aware of our own condition. We don’t realize that the fear of what’s coming next, which is growing inside us, is actually anxiety. We don’t procrastinate tasks because we are incapable, it is the anxiety that is taking over our productivity.

One bad experience and a few unkind words from someone can have a big impact on your mental health. A little trauma if not treated at the right time can grow into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This means you can never get over that specific incident and whenever you get closer to the same kind of situation you will experience the same level of trauma that you experienced the first time. This is like a lifetime of pain and fear.

Most common mental disorders

There are some mental illnesses or disorders which are most common among every age group. Every best hospital in Pakistan and psychiatrist in Multan, Karachi, Lahore, or any other city of Pakistan can help you with these. Learn about these disorders, you might be having one and don’t know about it:       

  • Anxiety disorders: anxiety is a disorder or illness which creates fear in you of upcoming things. And the hesitation of going into public and talking to people is social anxiety. Anxiety is an umbrella term that covers post-traumatic stress disorder and panic disorder.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD):
    If you wash your hands every now and then, you are obsessed with cleanliness and you cannot stand any little disorganized detail around you. You might have OCD, people suffering from OCD tend to make everything perfect and organized. All they can see is an imperfection in things.
  • Eating disorders: persons’ obsession with food that they stop caring about weight and eat more unhealthy food. This disorder can cause serious health issues like obesity, cholesterol issues and it can even cause death in some cases.  

How can we prevent mental illness?

There cannot be one exact way to prevent mental illness. Every human is different and everyone can have different symptoms. Some people are strong and some a little sensitive, people go through the same situations but it has a different impact on everyone. All you should do is:

  •         Pay attention to the symptoms. Feeling low, being sad more often, not feeling like going anywhere, etc.
  •         Talk to someone you feel comfortable with and you trust completely.
  •         Get professional help, experts know how to deal with your condition.
  •         Avoid negative thoughts and also negative people which disrupts your peace of mind and confidence.  

Don’t know where to find help? In this digital era, nothing is difficult to find. Just search the best hospitals in Pakistan for mental health treatment, you will get plenty of results. If you live in Lahore or any other city like Multan, search for the best psychiatrist in Multan and you will get the whole list. Just take some time to search for the best mental health experts for yourself as you spend hours finding the best restaurant to eat.