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Mental Health: Mind at Peace or in Pieces?

nd eating disorders, of which, by virtue of its occurrence, anxiety disorder happens to be most common.

Anxiety disorders are known to hamper a victim’s quality of life. People suffering such disorders are seen to be at their wits end, grappling panic attacks, or irrational fears, and sometimes even obsessive compulsive behavior. Mood disorder is another type of mental illness characterized by depression, manic depression or mood swings. Such patients may display extreme sadness or elation, and swings in activity and energy levels. One of the extreme consequences of mental illness may be the pronounced risk of suicide.

Cutting a Long Story Short

It is estimated that over one million people worldwide die as a result of suicide. In the past ten decades, suicides have out numbered homicides. Studies have shown that biological, genetic, psychological and cultural factors influence the risk of suicide in any individual. The underlying risk factors associated with suicide include serious mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, childhood abuse, death of a loved one, financial loss, personal upheavals, despair, and despondency.

Undoubtedly, mental illness that is left untreated enhances the risk of suicide. Suicidal behaviors encompass a spectrum of tendencies ranging from suicidal attempts, gestures, threats and suicidal thoughts. Suicide is the result of extreme sadness and psychological distress relating to unfulfilled needs. The psychological pain a patient experiences is fuelled by a history of mental problems such as depression or anxiety. There is no perfect description of a person who is suicidal. Only a trained heathcare professional can spot the complex behavior and avert a tragedy.

Coping skills and indomitable spirit may help a depressed person tide over one such phase. Notwithstanding strength of spirit, the impact of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in dealing with suicidal tendencies canno
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