Psychotherapy - The Beneficial Taboo! - JunoClinic India

Psychotherapy – The Beneficial Taboo!

As per a recent study (2016) concluded by World Health Organization (WHO), close to 10% of the world’s population suffers from mental health issues. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50%, from 416 million to 615 million. The same study suggests that every US$ 1 invested in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of US$ 4 in better health and ability to work highlighting that investment in treatment of mental health not just makes good sense for health and well-being but also makes economic sense as well.

As per a recent study (2016) concluded by World Health Organization (WHO), close to 10% of the world’s population suffers from mental health issues. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50%, from 416 million to 615 million. The same study suggests that every US$ 1 invested in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of US$ 4 in better health and ability to work highlighting that investment in treatment of mental health not just makes good sense for health and well-being but also makes economic sense as well.

In spite of all these facts, the view of the state of mental health in India is apoplectic. Nearly half of those with severe mental disease aren’t treated and 9 in 10 of those suffering from mild depression, stress and anxiety go uncared for. According to the government’s own estimates about 1 in 5 people in our country need urgent counseling, either psychological or psychiatric.

So what exactly is Mental Health? Mental Health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Poor mental health is generally associated with rapid social change, stressful work conditions, discrimination, unhealthy lifestyle, risks of violence, physical ill-health etc. There are also specific psychological and personality factors that make people vulnerable to mental disorders as well as some biological causes of mental disorders including genetic factors which contribute to imbalances in chemicals in the brain.

Yet, the question still remains that why it is that people are still reluctant to consult for their Mental Health. In our country the word “Mental” itself is used as a curse word and in a derogatory fashion, when to the contrary it should be understood as a ‘State of Mind’. Just the way we would want our eyes or heart or limbs or kidneys to function at their optimum, our Mental State should be at its optimum. When a person goes through stress, anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, nervousness or other such emotions then it results in a non-optimal Mental State, which requires Psychotherapy to return to its normal state. However, in our culture only being psychotic or neurotic is considered a non-optimal Mental State and hence the other problems continue to get ignored.

Psychotherapy is conducted by a team of Mental Health Care Professionals that consist of Counselors, Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Occupational Therapists. These professionals spend years in understanding and studying the human brain, its disorders, its different states and the courses of therapies and medications required to help a person deal with various conditions. Psychotherapy unlike physiological therapy can not be visualized over period of medications or surgeries, it is a course, a learning, a lifestyle change which these professionals direct you towards for a healthier and a better recovery.

With thousands of therapists and mental health care facilities available to us through physical and online mediums, we as a society continue to ignore the benefits to a healthier and brighter well-being. This step taken by each individual for his/her own benefit would some day end up in a much more progressive society.

So yes, if you can not bring yourself to accept psychotherapy and would continue to judge it as a taboo then remember that it is a Beneficial Taboo and help save an individual at a time and in turn the society.

By Ms. Dhruvi Jhaveri (Clinical Psychologist), 

Team Juno
Juno Clinic is a comprehensive mental wellness clinic. We provide counseling and treatment for any kind of psychological or psychiatric issue. Our team consists of psychologists and psychiatrists, each of whom has significant experience and specialization in tackling issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, child behavioral or development issues, addiction etc.

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