Be Aware of Your Mental Health: Support System that Could Heal
27 Feb 20 | 16:25
Last Wednesday, 26 February 2020, IDN Times’ event about “Be Aware of Your Mental Health” in 2020 talked very deeply about the state of our mental health. It started with a brief discussion by Sri Juwita K, M.Psi about the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist. A psychologist would study mental processes and human behavior by observing and interpreting how people related to one another and the environment. On the other hand, a psychiatrist, she said, was a medical doctor specializing in mental health, including disorders and she/he was allowed to give a prescription.
Hana Madness as a mental disorder survivor and activist mentioned, “The environment around us will be the factor affecting our mental state the most, I believe. I once lived in an 'unhealthy' environment where I got abusive mistreatments from some people there: verbally, sexually, physically. I knew I had something that wasn't right since I was in kindergarten―self-harms, suicide attempts, things like that." As she grew older, she decided to meet professionals and found out she had bipolar.
As a psychologist, Juwita, then, explained briefly what actually bipolar was. "Bipolar disorder is one of the forms of psychotic disorder causing hallucination and delusion. This kind of disorder attacks 3 aspects of a person, such as mood, mind, and behavior so that she/he may not be productive, able to contribute and maintain positive relationships with the people around her/him. When a person has these characteristics, she/he should really see a professional," Juwita explained.
After several visits to a professional psychiatrist, Hana started understanding what she could do to cope with the mental disorder she had. She confessed, "There's a saying 'You love yourself first and you'll end up loving others sincerely', but for me, it doesn't simply go like that. I can't love myself because there are many stressors here and there. I can consider myself to be valuable when I finally find the right support system, namely my family."
By the comfort we could get from our family, there would be a lot of other things we could discover, such as healthy lifestyles, unknown talents that could lead us into a place we never imagined before. In Hana's case, it was drawing that could heal her. Remember, mental illness would never be your fault, so never lose hope.