Psychological problems have been a common problem within society since time immemorial. Disorders affect people in all kinds of settings for instance at home school and even at the work place. It is, therefore, very important to understand them and the way they have been affecting society. The most common disorders are those that affect the mood, those that are schizophrenic, personality, childhood and many more. Today’s society needs to understand that these disorders have been there and that they are not new. Society should, therefore, learn to handle people suffering from any disorders well in order to help them get well or deal with their situations. If only society could understand mental health and mental disorders, chances are that people suffering from mental conditions will be helped a great deal and this might lead to healing and good management of these conditions.
Knowing about psychological disorders including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders is very important because these are conditions that affect people from around the world. Without an intervention, these are conditions that can have devastating effects on the sufferers and people around them. This is the reason people in society has to make it their business to know what psychological disorders are and how to identify them. Failure to identify a psychological disorder at its initial stages can lead to serious problems. Understanding these conditions from their onset is the very first step into solving a problem that has continuously plagued mankind for centuries. It is against this backdrop that psychological disorders have become relevant on society on a psychological basis.
In order to know how to deal with stigma and discrimination, it is good that society learns and becomes well aware of psychological disorders. It is a proven fact that people who are suffering from psychological disorders say that there is the social stigma that is attached to their condition and it is made worse when the people around them fail to understand them (Gerring & Zimbardo 2010). There are times when they are discriminated against and the experience makes it difficult for them to associate with the society including their own families. This even makes it very difficult for them to recover. It is from this background that it become very important that our society becomes well aware of the needs of these people so that they can accommodate them in an understanding way. Society today is enlightened and cannot be compared to the past when people did not understand the nature of these disorders and by becoming aware of the psychological problems that exist; they can even help in the recovery process of the sufferers.
At a personal level, I believe that knowing and learning about psychological disorders will help me understand and know how to handle persons suffering from mental problems. Understanding mental problems will put me in a better position to prevent and discourage the said discrimination that these persons undergo. I will be better placed in helping them in their recovery process because I will be armed with best practices that will enable me attend to their needs. Aside from this, I will become a mouth piece to try and champion those people close to me to be considerate of these members of our society. Being vocal about issues that affect certain disadvantaged members of our society is one way of helping them (Gerring & Zimbardo 2010). This will mean that more people will be involved in the process of understanding psychological conditions. This will interpret to a better society where all persons are accommodated regardless of their conditions. I will have become their advocate and this will go a long way in addressing an issue that would have rather been ignored by those who are not aware of the magnitude of the problem of psychological disorders.
I strongly believe that there is power in enlightenment and knowledge. It is one thing to be knowledgeable about an issue that affects society and it is another being in the dark. When people are well aware of issues that need to be given importance, they will act accordingly in an effort to offer their help. This applies to being knowledgeable about psychological disorders. With a good understanding, people will be willing to give assistance the moment they notice a person has a psychological problem. This help will be given as a first aid venture before a psychiatrist or doctor is consulted. First aid can go a long way into averting possible serious problems. It is said that prevention is better than cure and, therefore, when further damage is avoided or prevented, severe problems are also prevented. It is, therefore, very important that people be given necessary knowledge that they can use to salvage an otherwise serious psychological disorder.
Psychological disorders are not a respecter of persons; they can affect anyone and anywhere. It is, therefore, imperative that an emphasis be put that society be on the look out to help where needed. The percentage of people suffering from psychological disorders is on the increase. It is approximated that about one in every four persons may suffer from a psychological disorder at a certain point in their lives. Such statistics is a pointer to the fact that everyone is at risk of being a victim. Emphasis should, therefore, be put on society, so that people become knowledgeable about these facts so that these people are helped. Psychological disorders vary a great deal and by people becoming well aware of the dangers the population is in, they may help deal with the condition in an effort to offer a lasting solution to the problem
The field of psychology needs to put a lot of emphases on the problem of psychological disorders. This is so because there is an increase in the population that is suffering or at the risk of suffering. Emphasis should be put on the way these people should be handled. One of the best medicines that can be offered to them is love. If only people could learn to love and accommodate them at the family and society levels than it will be easy to deal with them and this will in the long lead to their recovery or better management of their conditions. When emphasis will be put on this whole issue in the future, chances are that the numbers of those suffering from these conditions will go down. Better ways of dealing with people suffering from these mental conditions, should be encouraged in an effort to promote better physical health. This will in the long run lead to a better society consisting of people who are physically, mentally, socially and psychologically fit.
Gerring, R.J. & Zimbardo, P. G. (2010) Psychology and Life. 19th Edition. Upper saddle River: Pearson