58 % of the population in Pakistan is comprised of young people and these youngsters are an asset of Pakistan and its community. But Unfortunately, Problems of these young people are ignored and overlooked. There is an alarming increase in the mental health problems among the young people of Pakistan and sadly it is the most neglected area in Pakistan healthcare field.
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
Mental health is a person’s condition according to their emotional, psychological well being. It is a measure of the state of mind, just as physical health. We all experience some good and bad days, someday of worry and uneasiness from time to time. So how do we know when things become serious and could be a sign of danger?
Well, the best possible way to predict it is when they start interrupting your ability to function this is where the problem begins and then they are called mental health issues. When this happens, you stop interacting with the public and hide in the corner of your room. You lose interest in everything.
As mentioned above, A vast majority of Pakistani youth suffer from mental health issues. They can only recover if they get help on time. The rates of mood disorders and suicide-related outcomes have increased significantly over the last decade.
It’s a fact that every 1 person out of 5 suffers physiological problems. You can overcome it, just like you take medicines for physical injuries you can consult a doctor for mental health issues too.
Here are some major physiological problems found in the youth of Pakistan. If you feel anything familiar consult to a doctor urgently.
Other symptoms of a mental health disorder could include:
- Excessive sadness or anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Physical symptoms like stomach aches, headaches, or chest pain
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
5 Common Mental Health Issues Among Youth
When the Demon aka depression has taken over, you are left with nothing but the worst feelings and worst memories of life. Depression is a critical condition that affects everything mind, body senses and blocks our thinking abilities. It affects every aspect of your life including eating, sleeping, social life, relationships even work life but the worst part is negative thinking. It’s a fact that every 1 person out of 5 suffers from depression. Depression will destroy every bit of happiness, positivity, and aspirations within you. You will be negative all the time.
People who are depressed cannot just snap out of it. If they do not receive proper treatment their condition can become worse and it can continue for weeks, months or years. When depression haunts you long enough, you will become an emotional wreck
Here are some symptoms of depression.
- Sleep problem
- Losses interest
- Uncontrollable emotions
- Suicidal thoughts
Anxiety is not just being a little nervous. It’s a constant feeling that all the bad things are about to happen. Everybody worries sometimes, and anxiety sometimes is a good indicator to let you know that maybe there’s a problem that you need to attend to, but when anxiety gets blown out of proportion or you find yourself worrying about every little thing, it’s no longer useful or healthy.
Here are the symptoms that might indicate an anxiety disorder.
- Extreme restlessness
- Constant worry
- Fears of the future
- Difficulty sleeping
- Irritability or feeling “on edge”
- Muscle tension
- Upset stomach
Bipolar disorders are tricky, most of the time people are unaware of the fact that the mood swings they experience are not typical feelings of happiness and sadness. The extreme mood shifts of happiness and sadness that bounces from one pole to another are actually depression. Treating bipolar disorder is somehow difficult because of extreme shifts in moods. It requires mood stabilizers and antipsychotics.
Depression in bipolar disorder seems like a major one. A depressive episode of bipolar disorder have some symptoms like
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Eating more or less than usual
- Extended feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Losing interest in things you once loved
- Thinking about self-harm, death, or suicide
Stress is not necessarily a bad thing every time. It can be healthy when it helps you avoid an accident. We all feel stressed at times and every person finds stress different from another. But stress should be temporary. Once you’ve passed the fight-or-flight moment, your heart rate and breathing should slow down and your muscles should relax. In a short time, your body should return to its natural state without any lasting negative effects.
Schizophrenia- A mental Health Problem
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder associated with false thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. A person having schizophrenia disorder have difficulty in differentiating the real and imaginary thoughts, situations. It is a dominant mental disorder in Pakistan. It affects approximately 1.5% of the total population. Schizophrenia disorder occurs in both males and females. It commonly attacks the person among the age group of 15-40 years.
Moreover, According to a study done 6% of the schizophrenia patients are at the risk of committing suicide due to depression which occurs when the problem worsens and he loses hope.
A increases rate of schizophrenia mental health problem is seen due to unemployment, workplace stress, violence, sexual abuse, poverty, and economic instability.
Appalling is the increase in psychological issues among youth. Awareness and policies should be formulated to raise awareness concerning mental health concerns and reduce the social stigmas associated with them.
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