A workshop was organized by the Zoology department in Kalindi College, East Patel Nagar New Delhi on the topic of Mental Health Empowerment in Youth.
The team of Psychiatrists and Psychologists – Dr. Paramjeet Singh, Dr. Sugandha Gupta, Mrs. Nikita Jain – from Delhi Mind Clinic delivered lectures and were felicitated at the event.
Mental health in youth is often ignored, despite the research highlighting the alarming prevalence of the same in our country. Dr. Paramjeet Singh, our Consulting Neuropsychiatrist talked to the enthusiastic students about various myths prevalent in the society regarding mental illness, explained briefly symptoms and signs of common mental illness in the youth and countering the stigma regarding the same.
“Women mental health” – the need of the hour. Dr. Sugandha Gupta, our Director and Senior Psychiatrist talked to the young females on the relevant topic” gender sensitization”. The discussion was focused around learning how various gender stereotypes prevalent in our society play a crucial role in imparting a woman’s mental health. The session was interactive and enlightening for female students.
Mrs. Nikita Jain our consulting Psychologist talked to the students about the raging topic today- “Depression and Suicide in the young.” Depression in younger people is often swept under the carpet by the family and Society. However, untreated depression can have an adverse impact on an individual’s academic, career, relationships, and physical health. The right support at the right time can prevent a tragedy like suicide.
मैं, मेरी तन्हाई, और वो ब्लेड।
चमचमाता, हंसता, मुस्कुराता ब्लेड।
जैसे मुझ पर, मेरे अकेलेपन पर हंस रहा हो।
मेरे टूटे हुए सपनों पर, मेरी कही अनकही अधूरी हसरतों पर।
मेरी बिखरी हुई ज़िन्दगी पर।
मानो हंस रहा हो, जैसे व्यंग्य कर रहा हो।
मानो कह रहा हो की आज वो फिर जीतेगा।
मेरी सफेद कलाई को, फिर लाल रंग कर देगा।
वो स्टील का ब्लेड मानो चुम्बक सा मुझे खींच रहा हो।
मैंने फिर उसे थामा, और सोचा कि इसकी चमकती मुस्कान को अपने लहू से छुपा दूँ।
अपने मन मे होते दर्द को हाथ मे इसे चुभा कर दबा दूँ।
इस ठहरी हुई ज़िन्दगी में दर्द ही सही, कुछ तो नया हो।
नसों में बहता दर्द उन्हें खोल कर बहा दूँ।
फिर मन मे धीरे से एक बात आई, हल्के से मन मे आवाज़ आयी।
बस यार, और नही, अब और नही।
अब ब्लेड नही, मैं जीतूंगी, ये अभी मुझपर कितना भी हंस ले।
आज की हंसी पर हक़ आज मेरा होगा।
ये जीवन मेरा है, इसको जीने का सलीका भी मेरा होगा।
मैं अपने तन्हाई को थामे अलमारी और दरवाज़े बंद कर निकल पड़ी दुनिया की और।
आज मैं हारी नही, पर जीत में कुछ वक्त और लगेगा।
पर मेरी कोशिश जारी है, लगता है अब मैं हारूंगी नही।
Technology has without a doubt made our lives easier and more comfortable, but somewhere in the mad race to keep abreast with the latest technology, inventions and gadgets, we have compromised on many other things such as personal intimacy in relationships, physical activity and efforts in daily tasks and social involvement in general. It is not uncommon these days to see individuals walking on the road with a mobile in their hands and typing while crossing the road. Be it young children using their parent’s phone to play on preschool apps or adolescents fighting with their parents for the latest smart phone in the market, we are all too familiar with such scenarios. We do realize the physical ill effects of such, but the adverse effect of internet on one’s mental health has yet to gain its due importance in our knowledge bank.
Excessive use of internet is known to cause attentional impairments, poor anger control, anxiety and depression. When children start using internet at early ages, there is a definite impairment in maintaining concentration and poor frustration tolerance. Adolescents these days interact more on the social media than in personal manner, this has been found to cause low confidence levels and hostility in relationships.
Despite the fact that, to view internet as an addiction seems too farfetched, in reality it is not so. It was firstly in the year 1996 that internet addiction was proposed to be a disorder by Kimberly Young PhD, and since then it has been an area of stringent research to the extent that its involvement in the classificatory systems of Psychiatry is being debated. It is said that individuals suffering from internet addiction disorder(IAD) have
Constant preoccupation with the internet,
use the internet for longer periods over time to achieve satisfaction,
made unsuccessful efforts to control or shut down internet use,
become restless, moody or irritable when attempting to cut down the use,
stayed online longer than intended to or necessary
have faced or risked the loss of a job, relationship, career or educational opportunity because of the internet use
lied to family about the extent of involvement with the internet.
Even though there has still not been an official recognition of the internet addiction as a psychiatric disorder, the field is widely expanding and more so in metropolis such as Delhi. What needs to be done is time limited and balanced use of the internet and not at the expense of our relations and routines.