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10-07-11, 09:48 AM
Three days away from the 2011 World Mental Health Day on October 10th, let's take a look at some of the most misunderstood mental health problems affecting human lives.Often misdiagnosed, mental disorders affect millions of people every year.
Still, more than 60 percent of people with psychiatric disorders do not seek help or treatment. It is true that you can't test for bipolar disorders the same way you can for blood pressure. But, still there are measures that can be put in place including proper support and rehabilitative care to prevent the worsening of symptoms.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD): Characterized by inattentiveness and hyperactivity, ADHD is another widely misunderstood mental ailment. Contrary to what most people think, ADHD is not a 'made-up' mental condition to seek attention. The causes are much deeper as it is almost always associated with developmental or behavioral problems like depression
Obsessive compulsive disorder: Although a treatable disorder, studies have indicated that people with this disorder often suffer unnecessarily for years. This is mainly due to the fact that people with OCD try to hide their condition due to fear of embarrassment or stigma. Combined with low awareness programs, many people refrain from seeking help until the symptomsworsen. This severe anxiety disorder is characterized by repetitive thoughts and ideas leading to both obsessions and compulsions. A very common misconception associated with this condition is that it occurs to weak-minded individuals with poor upbringing, but this is not the case. OCDs can occur to individuals from any sector of the society.
Schizophrenia: Presently, Schizophrenia affects around 1 percent of the world's population. Even then, it is probably one of the most misunderstood mental ailments in the world today. Major symptoms of this complex debilitating condition include problems paying attention, social isolation, hallucinations and rigid postures. Many people with Schizophrenia also have problems separating fantasy from reality. Hence, it is essential to seek medical help as early as possible. Common myths perpetuated in television shows about this condition include schizophrenics have split personalities, all people with this condition are dangerous and that they will never get better. On the contrary, experts state that such people do get better in time with proper medical care.

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