Mind, Numero Uno amongst all agents
of disease causation, is one of the most complex to deal with. World Health Organization
has designated 2001 as the year to focus on Mental Health with the theme being "STOP
EXCLUSION, DARE TO CARE". This exclusion word is most suited for Indian scenario
where going to a Psychiatrist/ Psychologist is still considered a stigma.
The reason for us to devote one main section on Mental
Health is although mental health is important for both sexes, it is more so for women. The
idea of tolerance, for the sake of children, family, society etc, after all, does take a
A mental disorder is an illness where either
psychological symptoms or altered behavior lead to impaired functioning of the individual.
The severity of a mental disorder is measured in terms of degree of deviation from the
accepted norms of any society.
Mental disorders are broadly classified into
- Psychotic: This is a thought disorder with patient losing touch with the reality.
It is marked by the presence of delusions and hallucinations
- Neurotic: There is no loss of reality here. Patient is aware that her feelings
are wrong but is not able to control them. These occur mainly due to life events or intra
- Functional: No known structural damage is present to account for impairment.
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