Conditions misinterpreted as mental disorder - 2: Oedipus complex

Conditions misinterpreted as mental disorder – 2: Oedipus complex

Mental disorders are frequently misunderstood. For majority of the people, suffering from any kind of mental disorder is equivalent to retardation. While the status of overall mental healthcare facilities is poor, people themselves shy away from seeking medical help for their mental illness, primarily due to the prevailing stigmas, misconceptions and fears.

Another problem with mental disorders is that they are often misdiagnosed. It is because most of the symptoms of different types of mental illness are same or similar. This, coupled with lack of knowledge and information, leads to misdiagnosis and wrong treatment. Consequently, the problem either aggravates or results in development of another severe health hazard. Read more

Conditions misinterpreted as mental disorder - 1: Homosexuality

Conditions misinterpreted as mental disorder – 1: Homosexuality

A lot of uproar has been recently experienced on the concept of homosexuality across the world. Considered as taboo, as well as an unacceptable and abnormal human inclination, homosexuality has always been viewed as a matter of shame, disgrace and regret. While many people believe the orientation to be against nature, others unfortunately perceive it as a pathological disorder. However, homosexuality as a sexual orientation can be without any doubt regarded as absolutely normal and healthy. Read more

Factors that may cause mental illnesses -  Part 3: Urban living

Factors that may cause mental illnesses – Part 3: Urban living

Although the urban population has better access to health care, qualitative life and a decent lifestyle, none of these factors can save people from being haunted by mental illnesses. Living in a city, where constant noise and hectic life are integral elements of the daily life, can take a toll on the mental health of the people. Read more

Factors causing mental illnesses - Part 2: Childhood bullying

Factors causing mental illnesses – Part 2: Childhood bullying

“Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.”

― Zack W. Van

Almost everyone is aware of the long-lasting impacts of bullying on one’s mental health, which can range from reduced self-esteem, poor school performance, depression to suicidal tendencies. However, not many studies have been conducted to determine the long-term psychological repercussions of bullying among adults, who, as children, were either bullies or the victims of bullying. However, a 2013 study published in the JAMA Psychiatry has found that adults who were bullies or were being bullied by others in childhood have a greater risk of developing mental health problems. Read more

Factors causing mental illnesses - 1: Parents' mental health contribute to their children’s well-being

Factors causing mental illnesses – 1: Parents’ mental health contribute to their children’s well-being

Despite being increasingly accepted as a disorder rather than as a stigma, the reasons for the onset of mental illnesses continue to be largely unknown. However, researches have been going on in full swing to find the exact reasons for the onset of mental illnesses.

It is widely accepted that children reflect their parents by replicating their good and bad habits, which stands true even in the case of mental health problems. According to some of the recent studies, parents’ mental illnesses were found to significantly influence the mental condition of the children by increasing the risk of developing emotional and behavioral problems. Read more