Mental Illness, The Hidden Disease of Our Society


A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. Health Ministry statistics reveal a worsening state of mental health problems among Malaysian students, from one in 10 individuals in 2011 to one in five in 2016 There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some of the more common disorders are anxiety disorders. This includes Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and now approximately 29% of Malaysians suffers from this anxiety disorder compared with 12% back in 2011. GAD is characterized by excessive uncontrollable worry about everyday things including social situations. This excessive worry occurs for at least six months and often interferes with ones daily life. So what gives? How can you tell if someone suffers from this and what causes this in the first place? Well, An anxiety condition is different for everyone and it isn’t developed or caused by a single factor but a combination of things. A number of other factors play a role, including personality factors, difficult life experiences and physical health. The most important thing is to recognise the signs. Symtoms include, Feeling restless and on edge, Difficulty concentrating, Easily tired. There are some small lifestyle changes you can enforce to help cope with anxiety, these include; excersing daily, getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night and , eating a well balanced meal 3 times a day thank you for watching.

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