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Mental Health: Mind at Peace or in Pieces?

Time and tide waits for no man and none other than ‘gen–present’ and ‘gen-next’ can perfectly relate to this oft-quoted aphorism.// As the ebb and flow of waters continue unabated, people are caught in a frenetic pace, as if there are no tomorrows. Living on the edge, seeking newer excitement propelled by desires of a ‘picture-postcard’ life is the present age magnificent obsession.

Today, ‘failure’ is unacceptable - a mute submission to the vagaries of competition and stress, throwing asunder the delicate balance between the mind and body. What happens next is anybody’s guess.

Indeed, this is boom time for mental health professionals and counselors, not to forget the ubiquitous god-men and style gurus, who are like the proverbial oasis in a desert.

Mental Health is National Wealth

Another, World Mental Health Day, Oct 10th, 2006, has arrived, embracing a novel theme:” Building Awareness: Reducing Risk of Mental Illness and Suicide”. Experts the World over will indeed be putting their heads together, finding solutions to some of the disturbing trends in mental health.

It is estimated that nearly one in ten, worldwide, are grappling with mental health problems, of which anxiety disorder has acquired a ‘household’ status. Recent figures show that nearly 54 million mentally ill Americans add up to the nation’s economic burden. If forecasts are to be believed, ‘chronic depression’ will have only ‘heart disease’ as a key contender for the numero-uno health ailment 2020.

Brain: A Hard Nut to Crack

Akin to assembling pieces of a jigsaw, scientists have tried to comprehend the many reasons for malfunctions in the brain that ignite a host of mental illnesses. After all mental illness knows no age, strata, society, color, creed or caste.

Five major categories of mental illness have been delineated. They are anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, dementias, a
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