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Children & Adolescents: Mental health — an essential part of children's overall health — has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed maybe in school, at work and in society. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel and act on the inside and outside. As per recent findings, 79.2% of India’s total student body (31,50,00,000) faces either minor, moderate or major depression.
In so many cases, we learn that the students were enthusiastic and looking for an overseas adventure. However, the sudden and stressful shift to new environments and routines can cause underlying mental health issues to bubble to the surface.
Sexuality: Sexuality is an important part of your life. It includes your gender identity, sexual orientation, intimacy, body image, feelings of attraction, and many other factors that make you a sexual being. Sexual health includes a person's physical, emotional and mental well-being. It can change and develop over your life.
As per recent studies, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are at higher risk of some mental health problems and alcohol and substance misuse. This can be related to the discrimination and lack of understanding they face in society.
Relationship and Marital Issues: Relationship issues are tricky since they involve close association between two or more people. Common issues encountered in relationships are
Having a strenuous relationship with your loved ones,
Difficulty trusting people or overly trusting behaviour
Difficulty dealing with authority figures,
Poor association at work with your colleagues
Evidence based psychotherapy such as CBT and REBT help in identifying and modifying the recurrent themes in our thinking which may hamper our interpersonal relationships. Therapy would help in better understanding your patterns of thinking which would foster better relationships.
Postpartum Depression: Postnatal depression (PND) is a form of depression that affects new parents. While the condition commonly starts within the first four to eight weeks following birth, postnatal depression can occur weeks or even months after childbirth, and around 30% of women experiencing PND report symptom onset during pregnancy.
Postnatal depression affects between 10% and 15% of women and recently there have been many studies to suggest that men can be affected by the condition.
Each year, India sees roughly 2,00,00,000 births leaving as many mothers to tackle postpartum depression on their own.
PMS and Menopause Counselling: Most women experience changes in their body or mood before their menstrual flow begins. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is the name given to a collection of physical and emotional symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before a woman’s period. About 20–40% of women experience symptoms of PMS, while 2–10% report disruption of their daily activities. Each woman’s symptoms are different; they may be mainly physical, psychological, or both.
Midlife is often considered a period of increased risk for depression in women. Some women report mood swings, irritability, tearfulness, anxiety, and feelings of despair in the years leading up to menopause. But the reason for these emotional problems isn’t always clear. Research shows that menopausal symptoms such as sleep problems, hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue can affect mood and well-being. The drop in estrogen levels during perimenopause and menopause might also affect mood. Or it could be a combination of hormone changes and menopausal symptoms.
Anxiety: Anxiety is an emotion we experience in response to a perceived threat. It includes a feeling of nervousness and bodily sensations such as breathlessness, palpitations, dry throat, sweaty palms, butterflies in the stomach, etc. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives. It is a natural emotion that allows us to push ourselves to get the job done. However experiencing intense anxiety on a regular basis can be counterproductive to our performance. We may focus more on the anxiety than on the task at hand. It may develop into a disorder like Panic Attacks or Phobia. It affects our work and social lives and mental peace. counseling can help you explore and control factors which may be contributing to your anxiety by using scientific techniques, ensuring that anxiety does not come in the way of your performance of any task and remains at a healthy level.
Stress: Stress is experienced when there is a change in our environment. Some stress is required for optimal functioning. It becomes harmful when one perceives that the demands on him are far more than his capacity to deal with them.
Signs of stress include
Reduced work efficiency or productivity
Increase in smoking/drinking/other substances
As every individual has a unique coping style, personal therapy sessions help in identifying and modifying the maladaptive thoughts that contribute to negative stress.
Abuse – Verbal, Physical: In law 'abuse' is a term used to describe someone’s actions when they have caused or allowed serious harm to come to another person. A person who has experienced abuse is more likely to experience mental and emotional difficulties. In India, 1,44,00,000 people need help with addictions and substance abuse primarily consisting of drugs and alcohol
Physical abuse refers to significant physical harm coming to a person; this could be outward violence, making someone consume harmful things, or extreme physical neglect such as starvation or not getting medical attention when it is necessary.
Emotional abuse is harder to define and can take many forms; neglecting a persons emotional or developmental needs, rejection, criticizing, putting down a person, verbal abuse, threatening a person, making someone feel unsafe, openly abusing another in front of a person
Sexual abuse does not just refer to rape or the act of sex, sexual abuse can refer to anything that sexually violates another person; any form of sexual stimulation, making someone watch pornography, flashing or exhibiting oneself to an unwilling party, any activity that makes one party feel violated or sexually unsafe.
Child abuse refers to abuse where the victim is a minor.
Domestic abuse refers to abuse taking place within the home. Most abuse happens within a person’s home or within a close circle of friends and family. It is very rare that a stranger is involved.
Addiction: Anxiety is an emotion we experience in response to a perceived threat. It includes a feeling of nervousness and bodily sensations such as breathlessness, palpitations, dry throat, sweaty palms, butterflies in the stomach, etc. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives. It is a natural emotion that allows us to push ourselves to get the job done. However experiencing intense anxiety on a regular basis can be counterproductive to our performance. We may focus more on the anxiety than on the task at hand. It may develop into a disorder like Panic Attacks or Phobia. It affects our work and social lives and mental peace. counseling can help you explore and control factors which may be contributing to your anxiety by using scientific techniques, ensuring that anxiety does not come in the way of your performance of any task and remains at a healthy level.
Depression: Sadness is a normal reaction to life’s usual struggles, losses and setbacks. On the other hand, depression is a clinical illness, much more pervasive than sadness. People with depression usually experience feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. They may also experience a host of other debilitating symptoms, such as:
Lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities
Significant weight loss or gain
Excessive or too little sleep
Lack of energy
Inability to concentrate
Feelings of worthlessness
Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
Depression may even manifest as feelings of emptiness or apathy, anger or irritability, rather than the symptoms listed above.
With these many intense negative symptoms, depression affects all aspects of a person’s life, be it home, work or school. Relationships with family and friends tend to suffer. Psychotherapy helps people identify and correct negative thinking patterns, explore and improve learned thoughts and behaviours that have contributed to depression, and help people regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
Self-Development: Self Development is the process in which a person increases his/her awareness of self and works on improving different areas in themselves. They become aware about their talents & strengths along with areas that they may need to work on. In the process of self improvement and discovery the person becomes aware of skills or talents that they may have not been aware of previously. Some examples of self development include improving self awareness, self knowledge, skills, employability, health & health habits, lifestyle etc. Counselling provides a platform where a person is able to explore these different aspects and then work on them collaboratively with the psychologist.
Anger Management: Anger is a usually an emotion required for survival. However it is harmful when it either takes the form of aggression or suppression. People who have anger issues may express their anger in a following way
Physically hurt other people
Display their anger verbally by shouting
Throwing or breaking things
Low frustration tolerance and certain thinking errors contribute to anger. Psychotherapy helps in dealing with anger effectively by modifying our thoughts and developing healthy behaviours and adaptive coping strategies which may help in dealing with problems at work, in personal relationships and many enhance overall quality of life.
Terminal Illnesses: The medical literature suggests that the incidence of major depression in terminally ill patients ranges from 25% to 77%. Depression is both associated with intense suffering and a cause of intense suffering. Yet, it is not inevitable. It is treatable in many cases, and early treatment is more effective than late treatment. Early treatment is, of course, dependent on early recognition of the problem; all too often, physicians wait until the last weeks of a dying patient's life to decide to address the depression. By this point, it is generally too late. India has a total of 4 million terminally ill patients (HIV/AIDS and Cancer) who are in dire need of support.
Geriatric Counselling: Mental health conditions among the elderly are often undiagnosed, treated inappropriately or not treated at all. It is estimated that 15 out of every 100 adults aged 65 or older suffer from depression. Depression, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, anxiety and late-life schizophrenia can and do cause severe impairments in the daily routines of older citizens. Global suicides are highest among people 70 years and above, India has a senior citizen population of 9,00,00,000
Eating Disorders: An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating. A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating smaller or larger amounts of food, but at some point, the urge to eat less or more spiraled out of control. Severe distress or concern about body weight or shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Sleeping Disorders: A sleep disorder, or somnipathy, is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning. Polysomnography is a test commonly ordered for some sleep disorders.
Mood Disorders: Mood disorders are a category of illnesses that describe a serious change in mood. Illness under mood disorders include: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder (mania - euphoric, hyperactive, over inflated ego, unrealistic optimism), persistent depressive disorder (long lasting low grade depression), cyclothymia (a mild form of bipolar disorder), and SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
Personality Disorders: Personality refers to a distinctive set of traits, behavior styles, and patterns that make up our character or individuality. How we perceive the world, our attitudes, thoughts, and feelings are all part of our personality. People with healthy personalities are able to cope with normal stresses and have no trouble forming relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.
A personality disorder must fulfill several criteria. A deeply ingrained, inflexible pattern of relating, perceiving, and thinking serious enough to cause distress or impaired functioning is a personality disorder. Personality disorders are usually recognizable by adolescence or earlier, continue throughout adulthood, and become less obvious throughout middle age.
Some experts believe that events occurring in early childhood exert a powerful influence upon behavior later in life. Others indicate that people are genetically predisposed to personality disorders. In some cases, however, environmental facts may cause a person who is already genetically vulnerable to develop a personality disorder.
Types of Personality Disorders
There are many formally identified personality disorders, each with their own set of behaviors and symptoms. Many of these fall into three different categories or clusters:
Cluster A: Odd or eccentric behavior
Cluster B: Dramatic, emotional or erratic behavior
Cluster C: Anxious fearful behavior
Bereavement: The loss of a loved one is life's most stressful event and can cause a major emotional crisis. After the death of someone you love, you experience bereavement, which literally means "to be deprived by death."
If their death was caused through suicide, accident or was very sudden, the shock may make these feelings even more intense.
You may be trying to support other members of your family or friends while trying to cope with your own feelings. Many people do not experience bereavement until later in life so you may feel confused or frightened and it can be difficult to know what are normal feelings. An average of 94,00,000 deaths are seen every year, many grieving families are left with no source to find solace
Industrial Psychology: Industrial organizational psychology is the branch of psychology that applies psychological theories and principles to organizations. Often referred to as I-O psychology, this field focuses on increasing workplace productivity and related issues such as the physical and mental wellbeing of employees. Industrial organizational psychologists perform a wide variety of tasks, including studying worker attitudes and behaviour, evaluating companies, and conducting leadership training. The overall goal of this field is to study and understand human behaviour in the workplace. An astounding 42.5% of India’s private sector employees suffer from a form of mental health issue.