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MOST COMMON MENTAL DISORDERS

October 15 2021

MOST COMMON MENTAL DISORDERS

MOST COMMON MENTAL DISORDERS

We don’t consider Mental health to be a sort of Final Destination. It is instead, a process. 

Focus on how you drive, and not on where you’re going. 

Mental Health is such a stigmatized aka a taboo topic that most Indian households shun from discussing any technicalities of the same. This leads to an isolation effect on people actually suffering from mental disorders or facing minor mental implications, as most of them go unnoticed due to this backward mindset and are defined as difficult to be diagnosed due to lack of awareness. 

Prerequisites for today’s modern age should be redefining what Mental Health encompasses and eradicating this negative way of thinking when discussing such a sensitive issue. Your overall health is no longer established just by physical well-being, but your emotional and psychological behavior also plays an equally important role in it. A well-maintained and nourished mind would lead to healthy mental well-being and this encourages happy thoughts, paving the way to a happy and fulfilling life. 

To play a small role in helping you widen your awareness about Mental Health, we’ve shortlisted 10 of the most common mental disorders (in a random listing) that affect large populations on an annual basis, through a worldwide research study. Just being aware could be considered as a step ahead in this fight to normalize Mental Illnesses and aid others in the process! 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) 

Two main incidences occurring in people diagnosed with GAD are extreme amounts of anxiety and worry. Along with these, patients also tend to experience fear, behavioral changes, and an aggravated response to generally normal situations. Such people anticipate fearful outcomes regardless of the type of incident and have an outlook of everything around them turning into a threat. The worrying feelings of everyday events and daily habits start disrupting the individual’s life, forcing them into isolation or generalized fear. The events that worry them often have little to no implications in the negative sense to unaffected people. If not discovered by a professional, it could be mistaken as usual anxiety like stage-fright or nervousness and ignored, leading to a dysfunctional life ahead. 

Bipolar Disorder (BPD) 

This falls under the category of Mood-based disorders whereby the patient experiences stark differences in their energy levels, mood association, activities, etc. alternating between prolonged periods of extreme happiness to extreme depression. The extent of this disorder’s effect will vary from person to person, but the overall description more or less remains the same. Due to these extreme variations, unaware mutuals tend to mistake this disorder for typical mood swings. If left unattended, bipolar individuals’ lives take a turn for the worse, and chances for effective treatment keep slimming down. 

Depressive Episodes

Psychologists would describe these as a series of feelings whereby there exists a visible absence of a positive effect. This could be characterized by a few examples like loss of interest in things that were previously enjoyable, general sad mood, anxious thoughts, demotivation, worn-out feelings, extreme exhaustion, no will to live, etc. Feelings of guilt and fear are also sandwiched amongst the aforementioned emotions. The more severe cases are at stake for having suicidal thoughts, which is why care should be taken to diagnose and start treatment for such episodes in the earlier stages itself. 

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A common phenomenon witnessed in shows on television, PTSD is much more serious than they make it out to be. As the name suggests, this is when the terrifying flashbacks from a past traumatizing incident remain fixated somewhere in the sub-conscious mind of the patient and present themselves in disturbing forms as time progresses. A common symptom is when the affected person starts reliving that same experience in the most normalized settings, harshly disrupting their overall functioning. They are characterized as being on edge, alert, and fearful almost all the time as they never know when their flashback could attack next. 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

This has an immense relation to an individual’s behavioral pattern or overall mannerisms and doesn’t have a chemical correlation to disease. Either the patient experiences obsessions or compulsions or a combination of both. An example would be a patient feeling the compulsion of an object being placed a certain way and get highly irritable when the placement is even slightly misaligned in their vision. Even though it seems something one can live with, it disrupts a large parcel of one’s life, taking up at least an hour or so of a person’s time fretting over one attack. 

Schizophrenia

A highly dangerous mental disorder that has no potential absolute cure, research suggests. In such cases, the patient’s connection with real-life phenomena is blown beyond proportions and could be considered as lost completely. Their perception of reality and their surrounding environments gets affected, they start having hallucinations, delusions, and some can also begin having audio-visual visions. About 34% of the world’s population has Schizophrenic temptations but most go unnoticed due to lack of awareness or lesser intensity of the disorder. However, in intense cases, if left untreated, the patient is a serious danger to themselves. 

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

This has more to do with the society at large, wherein people get affected by any environment they may be in. They start having feelings of the entire public being judgemental of them, having evil thoughts about them, and feel threatened by social settings. This failure to gel well in social setups makes it difficult for suffering individuals to enjoy social gatherings or increase their social circle by expanding their relations. Psychologists also term this as a common social phobia. Some patients have also reported an irrational fear of being constantly stalked or watched even long after they’ve returned home from the gathering. 

Panic Disorder

More specifically, you must have come across the term ‘panic attacks’. In these series of happenings, patients experience sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing normally, a sudden sense of the surroundings closing in on them, and a sheer lack of thoughts. People suffering from this disorder are often on edge in case another panic attack disrupts their normal functioning and some even experience increased anxiety due to this. There is often no reason or justification for the occurrence of a panic attack, it strikes the victim out of the blue, leaving them incapable of fending for themselves for a while. In rare cases, patients’ shortness of breath could get alleviated if not offered help immediately. 

Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder (ADHD)

Typically affecting children in their school days, this disorder is easy to diagnose when the affected individual finds it easier to get distracted by the tiniest of developments and totally let go of an important task at hand to wander off into newer interruptions. Teachers often resist acknowledging this disorder on their personal account of the child being a nuisance. Symptoms that occur prior to the age of 12 amongst children greatly affect their social functioning, soft skill development, occupational and academic progress. 

Anorexia

A commonly diagnosed eating disorder, Anorexia urges the patient to consume barely any quantities of food as compared to the bare minimum requirement or avoid intake of a proper diet altogether. It’s a common misconception fixated in the minds of anorexic individuals that they’re overweight or obese even when they wear just the bare minimum. This extreme torture to the body by depriving it of basic nutrition could lead to severe malnourishment or other health conditions, severely compromising their ability to survive. 

Alvizia Healthcare presents its range of psychological products derived from safe and efficacious organic supplements in the form of Nutraceuticals for effective treatment of such disorders to some extent: 

Flaxseed Oil (soft gel capsules for helping people suffering from ADHD by improving their attention spans and memory powers).

AlenFish (Omega-3 fish oil soft gelatin capsules to help in the overall treatment of people diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression, or Bipolar Disorder). 

Biotin (an efficient supplement in the form of capsules that helps regulate mood cycles and alleviate mood swings in a gradual manner). 


This article is the sole opinion of the author and Alvizia Healthcare holds no responsibility for the content. *

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