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Undrestanding Mental illness

 

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they may develop under unique circumstances, such as:

 

Persistent Depressive disorder (also called Dysthymia) is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years. A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for two years to be considered persistent depressive disorder.

 

  Postpartum Depression is much more serious than the “baby blues” (relatively mild depressive and anxiety symptoms that typically clear within two weeks after delivery) that many women experience after giving birth. Women with postpartum depression experience full-blown major depression during pregnancy or after delivery (postpartum depression). The feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that accompany postpartum depression may make it difficult for these new mothers to complete daily care activities for themselves and/or for their babies.

 

 Psychotic Depression occurs when a person has severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as having disturbing false fixed beliefs (delusions) or hearing or seeing upsetting things that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations). The psychotic symptoms typically have a depressive “theme,” such as delusions of guilt, poverty, or illness.

 

  Seasonal Affective Disorder is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This depression generally lifts during spring and summer. Winter depression, typically accompanied by social withdrawal, increased sleep, and weight gain, predictably returns every year in seasonal affective disorder.

  Bipolar disorder is different from depression, but it is included in this list is because someone with bipolar disorder experiences episodes of extremely low moods that meet the criteria for major depression (called “bipolar depression”). But a person with bipolar disorder also experiences extreme high – euphoric or irritable – moods called “mania” or a less severe form called “hypomania.”

Examples of other types of depressive disorders newly added to the diagnostic classification of DSM-5 include disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (diagnosed in children and adolescents) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD. (

 

Signs and Symptoms

 

If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment.

 

 

 

 

Stigma, discrimination and awareness can seriously affect the health, welfare and quality of life of people with mental health problems.

Stigma and discrimination:

  • Isolate people
  • Exclude people from day-to-day activities
  • Stop people getting and keeping jobs
  • Prevent people seeking help
  • Have a negative impact on physical health
  • Delay treatment and impair recovery

The ignorance, fear, misunderstanding and prejudice that surround mental illness deepen the severity of the illness as individuals withdraw further from the world around them. These are a result of a combination of negative stereotypes (often from the media in some form: either movies or news reports) and a lack of new, more positive and sympathetic viewpoints to replace these schemas.

The thing is that often people with mental illness can appear to behave strangely (their reality has been altered by their illness after all), but so do many people. Just because it is difficult to relate to someone at the beginning, doesn’t mean that you should give up… in fact it possibly means that you should try harder to overcome the gap that you think lies between you: chances are you are more similar than you think!

Through raising awareness of mental illness and the real facts that surround it, Ehsan House hopes to reduce levels of these factors in order to sensitize communities enough to allow people with mental illness to live harmonious lives of dignity and respect.

There is still some ways to go with this but with your help we can make a difference to so many lives.

What can you do?

  • Make the time to understand more about mental illness – perhaps visit Ehsan House if you are able or try to read a little more about the illnesses.
  • If you find out that someone close to you has a mental illness, then do not run away from them – try and treat them as you did before you knew as much as possible.

Do not discriminate against people with mental illness, either within your peer group or employment situations. Often those with mental illness have as much to give as anyone else and deserve a chance

 

Board of Trustees and Board of Directors

Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Faghihi

Board of Trustees

Mr.Majid Yarmand

Chairman of the Board

Hojatoleslam Seyed Mehdi Hosseinzadeh

Board of Trustees

Dr. Gholamreza Ansari

Board Member

Mr.Akbar Nemati Yazdi

Board member of Trustees

Dr.Gholamreza kord zangane

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Mr. Mir Taher Mousavi

Board Member

Dr. Ferdin Kharrazi

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Mr.Saeed Sattari

Chairman of the Board

Mr.Mohammad Reza Babakhani

Board member of Trustees

Dr. Mahmoud Ismaili

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