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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Book Review - Shhh! Don't Talk About Mental Health by Arjun Gupta

Shhh! Don't Talk About Mental Health by Arjun Gupta
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. We are in the 21st century, with all the modern technologies, but still talking about mental health is considered as a taboo. Shhh! Don't talk about mental health by Arjun Gupta gives an insight into the effect of mental disorder on one's health and the GDP of a country. He covers the aspect of why it is necessary to talk about it. 

Yashasvi at the age of 19 suffer from clinical depression, and it took him two long years before he could start his perpetuate improvement. The story focuses on the history of depression, clique theories, and the mentality of society 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 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 towards those people is still going on. Although, they have not beaten or chained today and the more sophisticated methods have been used, but they still called by the names like insane, wild, and unstable. Their family, friends, and society abandon them or keep their distance, which makes them more alone. 

Arjun Gupta talks about the people who change the course of history and bring some fruitful changes in society, in the past few centuries. One of them is Sigmund Freud, he believed that whatever we experience as a child will ultimately shape our personality, and decide the kind of life we are going to live. Clifford Beers is considered as 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 overcomes and wrote a book. His work is highly honored. Mental health has a rich history in which the author sums up constructively. 

When a person is depressed, his/her social surroundings played an utmost role in their recovery. If a person didn't get the necessary help, and support from their kith and kin, they isolate themselves, which leads them to self-harm. The government and NGOs tried to create awareness, but the lack of funding delays the process. One should need to understand and identify the symptoms of mental illness and don't afraid to ask for help. On the other hand, society should show empathy and ready to help the person in every possible way. If we want to treat a mental disorder, then it's crucial to change the perspective of society, to 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 played, the stigma and stress that comes with the disorder are explained in a subtle language. 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. So 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 radiance in the life of its readers. I would recommend it to all people. 

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2 comments:

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

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  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.

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