By Edupliance | 22nd April, 2016
Mental illness is a neurological condition, which causes a disorder in a person’s normal way of thinking or behavior.
Many people around us, generally 1 in every 4 people are undergoing some kind of mental stress due to abuse, trauma or inherent disabilities. Some cases are:
- Affective disorders
- Dementia and delirium
- Psychotic disorders
- Alcohol and substance misuse
- Anxiety and somatoform disorders
- Personality disorders
- Sleep, eating and sexual disorders
Due to such issues, they tend to get abusive, violent and can react abruptly to normal situations as well, disrupting peace around them and creating an embarrassing predicament for themselves. It is very necessary to help such individuals come out of such issues so that they can behave normally in front of other people and not cause harm to their health.
What is Mental Health Disorder?
There may be many people around you who might have Intellectual Disability and/or Mental Health Issues, but you may not be aware of it unless you specifically understand their symptoms.
- For most people, individuals exhibiting characteristics like anger, anxiety, dementia, etc. or any other psychiatric tendencies might seem like a weird person, but in reality, they are undergoing some kind of emotional trauma.
- This is where, learning how to combat such trauma in a positive manner helps. Knowledge and awareness of common mental health illnesses will help you make many lives better and make the environment in your school, college or workplace more hospitable for such individuals.
To boost peer support and social inclusion for such people, it is very necessary to learn how to make them accept your advice.
What Are The Symptoms Of a Mental Health Disorder?
Persons undergoing the aforesaid conditions can sometimes get violent, traumatic and even subdued when presented with overpowering situations where their lack of understanding might result in an awkward or unfriendly situation.
Many common symptoms include rash behavior, cussing, breaking objects, threatening and even self-injury in situations where they feel they are being let down or misused.
Can These Conditions Lead To Or Be Called Intellectual Disability?
Yes. People who have experienced trauma are mostly unable to articulately display their internal experiences and feelings which normally tends to go against them in social situations when they are termed as crazy, irrational or complex human beings or in general, someone with an intellectual disability. This normally happens because they are misdiagnosed or are perceived as ‘challenging’.
How To Identify A Mentally Ill Person?
A mental health evaluation test will help you support such people in improving their mental health and helping them overcoming this disability.
A mental health evaluation and proactive approach towards helping them will help to positively influence their lives and also calm down their situation bit by bit.
Also, paying attention to their facial expressions and gestures can help you to avert any kind of emotional trauma that you may accidentally inflict on them. It is always advised to stay calm in front of an unstable person.
How To Help Such Individuals?
To help them overcome embarrassment and harassment from peers, administrators or bosses, it is best suggested that they be provided with therapy or rehabilitation by understanding their symptoms and epidemiology of such problems.
As an individual or mental health professional, you should be able to identify such issues and administrate your ethical responsibilities by helping them in their time of need by gaining advanced information from The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders known as DSM-5 (Fifth Edition) to help you explore more into this field.
Mentally ill people are not abnormal; they are simply going through a tough phase in their lives. During this phase, they tend to snap at every person who might seem to be lecturing them and they might get emotionally scarred for life, if you do not lecture them in a proactive manner. Be calm and composed while talking to them, they like people who talk nicely to them. Since these people afflicted with intellectual disability are at greater risk of developing a grave mental illness; it is best to treat them with utmost care and respect.
With professional help, you gain an increased awareness of many mental health issues affecting people and their underlying therapies available at your disposal.
You can also explore your ethical responsibilities by formulating new diagnostic techniques and mental health programs in the future to further enhance the methods people can use to help mentally ill people.