The number of people suffering from mental illness in Bhutan is increasing every year.
Mental health issues are rarely discussed, and their implications are frequently disguised. Better responses are required from the government, stakeholders, and society.
Last year, the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital saw 2,009 new mental health cases. This does not contain data from other dzongkhags, but it suggests that a significant number of Bhutanese are suffering from mental illness. According to analysts, the pandemic is the cause of a high rate of mental health disorders in 2020.
Borderline personality disorder, frequent self-harm, higher suicide risk, and alcohol and substance addiction among youth were all found in the majority of mental health patients.
Individuals’ mental health is the foundation for their well-being and effective functioning. It is more than the absence of a mental condition; it is the ability to think, learn, and understand one’s feelings and others’ reactions.
Mental health is a state of equilibrium, both internally and externally. It has an impact on how people think, feel, and behave. It also influences how we deal with stress, interact with others, and make decisions.
Biological variables, such as genes or brain chemistry, as well as life experiences, such as trauma or abuse, and a family history of mental health problems, all play a role in mental health disorders.
Among the symptoms, include extreme exhaustion, a sense of worthlessness, inadequacy, and hopelessness, as well as a general feeling of sadness.
Mental health is vital at all stages of life, including childhood, adolescence, and maturity. If you have mental health issues throughout your life, your thinking, mood, and behavior may be altered.
This equilibrium is influenced by physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, and other linked elements. The emotional and physical health is inextricably linked.
Mental illness is common, but there is help available. Though there can be no medical precision to a sickness that affects people in varying degrees and in diverse ways, psychological disorders are only noticeable when they occur. However, one should speak up about whatever is on one’s mind. One should pay attention to them and assist them.
Spirituality and religion can be beneficial in the treatment of mental illness. Meditation and prayer can be used to treat mental illnesses. Community faith and belief are inextricably tied to mental health.
Stop stigmatizing people and pay attention to their thoughts. More people should talk about mental health and come forward to get a better reaction.
People with mental health problems deserve a better treatment. Shunning them would mean we have lost the battle against ourselves.