The Nature of Mental Disorders.

Updated: May 13, 2020

As we celebrate the upcoming new year's eve, the world will have lost more than 800,000 human beings due to suicide. So, as the fireworks begin banging the doors of the sky at 12:00 AM, countless family members and friends will be mourning the deaths of their beloved individuals who had intentionally executed an egregious strategy to end their exitance.


Commonly, those who suicide, leave their scene charmed with a letter of farewell for one of their associates, telling them how much they wished that there was another path, and how sorry they are that their lives had to end in this unforgiving fashion. They would have utilized a variety of merciless and brutal means, that ranges from some slashing their wrists to others overdosing upon the same medications that were designed to aid them out of their seemingly perpetual agony. Many of those folks were ordained for a myriad of phenomenal positions. Many would have become surgeons, engineers, artists, or performers in a multitude of divisions. They had the absolute potential to alter the globe. They could have been a friend, a romantic partner, or colleague to one of you reading this today. But alas, the awareness founded in their brains misfired and has for some reason deemed their existence exhausted and therefore gratuitous and unnecessary.


Suicide has risen to become the 10th most common factor of death in the US, claiming over 47,000 lives in 2017 alone, more than double the deaths caused by homicide. It's also the second leading cause of death globally among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54. With a flabbergasting 65% increase in the last 15 years, one may only, with lugubrious awe, ponder the whys and wherefores. What could push someone, anyone, to the point, where they will take their own life with no regard for their family or friends? When did the face of death become more appealing than that of life?


An innumerable sum of motives can elicit one to ponder suicide; it could be a recent tragedy, substance abuse, and/or isolation. And while it would be impossible to approach those who succeeded in their suicidal attempts and question their verdict and reasoning, we can keenly observe those who fortunately tried an abortive attempt, and that's precisely what psychologists did, and the results were able to unravel the vertex to all the factors that pertain to suicide. Research has shown that over 60% of suicide-related causalities were provoked by one of the many forms of mental disorders. Mental Disorders related deaths aren't usually biological; the brain doesn't cease to function. However, one's logic becomes improvised and unbelievably erroneous. One way to understand the severity of mental disorders is to look at cases such as that of the brilliant mathematician and philosopher; Kurt Gödel, an indisputably endowed individual. Kurt was suffering from a form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that centers around one's health, Kurt Godel, despite his intelligence was irrationally convinced that his food was poisoned and he refused to intake any unless it was prepared, or carefully reviewed, by his wife, the only person he trusted. In 1977, his wife became ill and had to be hospitalized for six months, Godel rejected food and began to starve himself to death. He died in 1978 weighing 29 kilograms.


The story of Kurt Godel offers us an acutely accurate rational navigation of what a mental disorder truly is, Kurt was not only one of the brightest known mathematicians, but a man widely recognized for his great logical approach, however despite all of that, he was rendered utterly irrational. So, it really does not matter how incredibly intelligent one is, they will not be able to maintain a steady stream of awareness under the harsh and atrocious nature of mental disorders.


The notion surrounding the plethora of psychological disorders has been profoundly drowning in an ocean of abstruseness, dubiousness, and incredulousness. We are often acquainted with terminologies that in reality involve a highly sophisticated chemical lopsidedness in the brain, but we find ourselves utilizing those terms in less-serious situations, to exemplify that, let us carefully observe the way in which we apply the words Nervous and anxious or the most common Unhappiness and Depression , many would use depression and sadness interchangeably to mean the same thing, and while depression and sadness could be linked in some aspects, the two are widely distinct from one another; Sadness, is a universal human emotion, that contains mental rationality, an external stimuli instigated a neurological motion inside the brain that caused your consciousness to feel unhappy, and therefore sadness is practical, you can reason with it and work at eliminating the stimulants causing it. However, the concept of depression differs significantly. Depression is a neurologically documented illness that has causes that range from a faulty mood regulation by the brain to a mere genetic vulnerability. Depression does not only originate from a stressful event, but rather due to an abnormally dynamic activity in a part of the limbic system called the Amygdala, which is known as the center for emotionally charged memories and persistent negative thoughts (also known as overthinking). The Amygdala sits conveniently beside the hippocampus, the part of the brain that serves long-term memory. The hippocampus is firmly linked to the hypothalamus, an essential area in all sorts of body regulations. When you are stressed, anxious, or depressed, the hypothalamus orders the Pituitary to command the adrenal gland to secrete Cortisol. This hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is, therefore, a highway for the stress response as well as for depression and anxiety. Chronic activation of the adrenal gland has wide ramifications on your body's health. So, with depression, one isn't only mentally deterred, but also runs the amplified risk of diabetes, hypertension, a heart attack, a stroke, immune dysfunction, and obesity.


The torment of mental disorders is unparalleled, and one can only imagine the pain of those suffering from it. They wander their days and nights confined within the walls of their own brain, unable to study, work, laugh, or in short, function with basic standards of existing.


References:

-https://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/

-https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/01/numbers

-https://ourworldindata.org/suicide

-https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml

-https://paperpile.com/blog/kurt-goedel/

-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6165520/

-https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165032719306202

Suggested books on the topic:

1-The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963. Reviews based on Goodreads: 4/5
2-Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch, 2012. Reviews based on Goodreads: 3.5/5
3-Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford, 2008. Reviews based on Goodreads: 3.9/5

If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. The following are a few resources that guide into a better life:

Jordan:
Please call 911
United States of America:
Please call 911
Please call 1-800-273-8255 (Based on https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)
Please visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for a live chat.
For other countires, we strongly advise contacting the national emergency number.

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