MY PROFESSION -
COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSE

Sudha Chavda. Hillingdon

Mental Illness

Namaste, Folks!

I hope you had some moments to spare from your hectic life to read my last article. It was just a brief introduction to my profession, a community psychiatric nurse. I mentioned in my last article that I have spent half of my life working in the psychiatric field, and I would like to share the attained knowledge and experiences with you. But annoyingly when I sat down to write I was not quite sure from where to begin. Finally I felt that at this stage, it would be an ideal opportunity to mention about various mental illnesses thus providing some insight into it.

"Mental Illness", is a broad term, which covers many different types of disorder, such as Schizophrenia, manic-depressive illness, depressive disorder, anxiety states, dementia, eating disorders and personality disorders. People develop psychological problems, which affect their emotional moods and behaviour, and the way they communicate with other people. There is usually no single, specific cause, and while there may be many factors, which contribute to a particular disorder, these factors are hard to separate and identify. The fact remains that mental distress can be a painful and potentially serious as any physical illness. In an important sense, mental health and mental illness depend on us all, because we make our own lives. We can make ourselves, and those around us, happy or sad. We can give love, comfort and support when people are troubled, we can be tolerant of their odd ways and try and understand them. Or we can call them 'mad' ignore them and reject them.

People suffering from mental disorder are often thought to be strange and abnormal or even 'bad' in some way. This is not true. Over 200,000 people are admitted to mental hospitals in England and Wales every year, and there are many, many more of us who have emotional problems, which are severe enough to cause a great amount of distress; such distress is nothing to be ashamed of. In a very small proportion of cases, mental illness can cause people to harm others or themselves, but generally people diagnosed as 'mentally ill' are neither dangerous nor 'bad'.


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