The human brain is an incredible and extremely complex organ. It controls one’s mind and body, including the senses (hearing, smell, sight, touch and taste), thoughts, actions, emotions, speech, muscles, blood vessels and organs. Put simply, our brain is what controls us, entirely.
So what happens when there is a problem in the functioning of one’s brain? Understandably, there will be problems in the way it processes information, resulting in abnormal mood, behaviour, perception and action. And such a condition, like any other illness, can be treated and managed efficiently. However, even in this day and age, the heavy stigma that’s attached to mental health is the biggest deterrent to the healing process. Unfortunately, people with mental illness are looked down upon, leading to prejudice and discrimination. They are treated like a ‘problem’ by the people around them, resulting in poor social support, denial of opportunities, ostracization, diminished self-esteem, self-hatred and extremely poor quality of life.
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