What does your mother do when you fall ill ? She takes you to the doctor and gives you the medicine regularly. Not only this but she also tries to treat you by making for you nutritious healthy meals. She also deals with you in the kindest of ways all the time. Doesn’t she?
Imagine,if she rebukes you all the time and accuses you that it’s all your fault that you have fallen ill. Then, comes your father and does the same. Your brothers and sisters also take the same strategy of dealing with you and all leave you at the mercy of your sickness.
Doesn’t it sound inhuman and heartless behavior? Definitely, this type of behavior is no cure for your illness.
Mental Disorders and Society’s Reaction
On the other hand, people diagnosed with mental disorders like depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism etc.face worse sort of taunts and criticism from the people around them. No one mercies them. Despite the fact that these people are not suffering from these disorders out of their own choice. The family of mentally upset person does not encourage him to consult a psychiatrist.
Our society misunderstands mental disorders. A mentally unfit person is a stigma for his family and friends. People with mental illness are called ‘mad’ and looked down upon them. They are alienated from the society and called disabled. But the truth is that they are suffering from the weird circumstances of their lives.
This stigma is not just seen in uneducated rural population only, but also in highly educated population. Everyone fails to understand the misfortune of these special people and families of these people keep hiding them from the society. They are looked down upon and are called abnormal.
This reaction of our society haunts the families of mentally suffering people. The parents and brothers and sisters feel ashamed to let people know about the mental disorder of their loved ones. They hesitate to take the mentally ill people to the psychiatrist and psychologist. “What people will think about us?” they worry about what the society will think. Rather than struggling to find a treatment for these people, they head to temples and mosques. Isn’t this all strange and unsuitable?
Mental Disorders are Like Physical Illnesses
What if you are unwell and nobody takes you to the doctor? You might have chances of dying, isn’t it right?
The case is same with these people who have certain mental disorders. They just need some love, affection and understanding to get back on the normal track of life and feel happy and comfortable in the company of all of us.
But unfortunately everyone tells them, “What you are suffering from is all your fault.” The condition of these people becomes worse at this. Lack of understanding makes their mental disorder worse.
A mental disorder is just like a physical illness. Any good psychiatrist can diagnose, treat and cure them. In advanced societies broadminded people take their loved ones for mental treatment. They support the patient and cooperate with the psychiatrist. The mental disorder is ultimately cured.
We also have hope for our loved ones just like other societies. Every mental disorder is curable and those who suffer from mental disorders can one day be like us or even better than us.