Why are some memories more deeply etched in our minds than others? Especially those memories of the times we’ve been wronged, hurt, or mistreated?
It is because our brains are wired to create a memory in proportion to the emotional arousal of the situation. Unfortunately, this also applies to detrimental events such as abuse and trauma. It explains why emotions associated with such adverse events- anxiety, depression, insecurity, etc. – may be long-lasting.
President Ram Nath Kovind stated that ‘The number of people affected by mental health issues in India is larger than the population of Japan’. An average of 200 men and 100 women commit suicide every day. The National Crime Record Bureau reports that we are witnessing a 20% increase in suicides every year.
Yet, India spends only 0.06% of its total health budget (or 0.0036% of its total budget) on mental health care, which is less than that of Bangladesh (i.e. 0.44%).
Bollywood celebs have spoken openly about these issues and mental health is slowly gaining much-deserved importance.
You cannot recover from anxiety by someone just asking you to ‘stay calm’.
You cannot recover from depression by someone just asking you to ‘be positive’.
If mental illnesses were that simple, we wouldn’t be struggling in the first place. I am sure that each one of us knows at least one person who is battling a mental health problem. It’s time we stop looking the other way!
Many posts recommend ‘reaching out’ to others. From my personal experience, reaching out to the ‘right people’ can help but most importantly, you have to learn how to be your own ‘Hero’.