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July 23, 2019

My Rating - 5 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Notion Press
Genre - Psychology
Publishing year - 2019
Language - English
ISBN - 978-1-64546-971-1
Pages - 203

My Review - 
Mental illnesses are not beautiful or desirable. They are straight-up murderous.
Depression sucked all the emotions like a black hole. It left a person with insensibility and suicidal thoughts. In the 21st century, we are with all the modern technologies, but still talking about mental health is considered taboo. Shhh! Don't Talk About Mental Health by Arjun Gupta gives an insight into the effect of mental disorders on one's health and GDP. He covers the aspect of why it is necessary to talk about it. 

Yashasvi, at the age of 19, suffers from clinical depression, and it took him two long years before he could start his perpetuated improvement. The story focuses on the history of depression, clique theories, and society's mentality towards the sufferer. Back in 500 to 1400 CE, people believed that the mind of a mentally ill was possessed by a demon, and the priests made a hole in the skull that would be considered a treatment. In 1247, Bethlem Hospital was established in London for the mentally sick, but they were chained, beaten, and experimented on.

The ill-treatment of those people is still going on. Although they have not been beaten or chained today, and more sophisticated methods have been used, they are still called insane, wild, and unstable. Their family, friends, and society abandon them or keep their distance, making them more alone. 

Arjun Gupta talks about the people who changed history and brought some fruitful changes in society in the past few centuries. One of them is Sigmund Freud, who believed that whatever we experience as a child will ultimately shape our personality and decide the kind of life we will live. 

Clifford Beers is considered the father of Mental Health America. He was neither a doctor nor a psychiatrist. He developed depression and suffered physical abuse, humiliation, and mistreatment, but he overcame it and wrote a book. His work is highly honored. Mental health has a rich history, which the author sums up constructively. 

When a person is depressed, his/her social surroundings play an utmost role in their recovery. If a person didn't get the necessary help and support from their kith and kin, they would isolate themselves, which leads them to self-harm. The government and NGOs tried to create awareness, but the lack of funding delayed the process. One should understand and identify mental illness symptoms and not be afraid to ask for help. 

On the other hand, society should show empathy and be ready to help the person in every possible way. If we want to treat a mental disorder, it's crucial to change society's perspective, educate them, and make them understand the seriousness of the situation. 

The book deals with a notion that is not considered paramount. The difference between mental and physical illness, emotional intelligence, the biopsychosocial model, the role of media and movies, and the stigma and stress that come with the disorder are explained subtly. 

When the voices in your head become your worst enemy, the pain is unbearable. The emotional outbursts, angriness, and suicidal thoughts make a person more miserable and vulnerable. Instead of telling them to get over with it or get a life, try to understand their situation. Don't ignore, rant, or scold them. Talk to them when they are comfortable and ready. 

This book will work as a radiance in the lives of its readers. I recommend it to all people. 

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  1. This book looks great.. Its high time we need to speak about mental health.. People need to be more aware

  2. Thank you, Simrit. Agreed, there are so many myths abouth mental health, and everyone should do something on their level to improve the current situation.

    1. i am also suffered from major depressive disorder and suicidal thoughts in my head i dont know where i start to working on myself

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