Mental illness is described as a wide range of emotional and mental conditions. Many people suffer from mental health concerns and psychiatric problems from time to time. A mental health concern can become a mental illness when some ongoing symptoms and signs lead to frequent stress that affects a person’s ability to function.
Mental illness tends to make a person miserable and can lead to problems in their daily life, such as at work or school or in relationships. In the majority of cases, mental health symptoms can be managed with a combination of talk therapy and medications.
Symptoms of Mental Illness
The signs and symptoms of mental illness can differ, depending on the disorder, circumstances and some other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect thought, emotions, and behaviour. The most evident signs and symptoms include:
- Confused thinking or inability to concentrate
- Feeling sad or low
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
- Withdrawal from friends, family, and activities
- Severe mood changes of highs and lows
- Inability to cope with daily issues or stress
- Suicidal thoughts
- Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
- Detachment from reality, paranoia or hallucinations
- Trouble grasping and relating to situations and people
- Sex drive changes
- Major changes in eating habits
- Excessive anger, hostility or violence
- Alcohol or drug abuse
How to Cope Up with Mental Health Issues?
A mental disturbance is primarily caused by stress due to changes in biological functions or the incapability of an individual to cope with minor problems at work, home or social environment. Growing competition and shrinking support networks are the leading factors causing behavioural problems. This is especially common amongst the urban populace.
The Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences is manned by experienced mental health professionals in the field of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology. Considered as one of the best mental health hospitals, Aarogyam Hospital offers care to individuals who seek treatment for minor stress and interpersonal problems. These problems, if not treated, can further lead to severe neurobehavioral/neurocognitive and psychiatric problems. We also lend support to people who lead a normal and well-adjusted life but are witnessing problems in other walks of life.
We are fully equipped to attend to the mental health needs of children, adolescents, adults and geriatric population.
Apart from the General Psychiatry services, the division also specializes in treatment of Alcoholism, Substance Abuse Disorders, and Psycho-sexual Disorders.
Our Department is fully equipped with all psychological test materials to do various psychological assessments relating to children and adults including Comprehensive Neuropsychological Assessment. Apart from the assessment and psychological management of Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disorders, Emotional and Behavioural Problems in children and adolescents, the clinical psychologists have extensive experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Inter-Personal Therapy (IPT), Family Therapy.