Alarming Trend

Alarming Trend

Be it the utterly despicable and shameful incident that cannot even be spoken of that occurred in Bandipora, the psychical discomfort of some who have had to bear both physical and psychological issues on account of conditions, the anger issues that permeate our quotidian life, and other allied domains, a common theme undergirds these. This theme pertains to the increasing and growing trend in mental disturbances among many people in Kashmir. Consider the unspeakable Bandipora case. If a psychoanalytic analysis of the sordid saga were to be carried out, even at an amateur level, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the man who committed the unspeakable crime , has let himself be overpowered by bestial instincts. He has , the moment, he perpetuated the atrocity, ceased to be human. Even though, it may sound odd and even weird to say, these animals and beasts, psychically deranged and emotionally warped, lurk in any society. This is not to normalize an abnormal condition or even illness but to make a larger point. That is, if beasts do lurk and can be found in any society, it is imperative upon society to identify these so that no harm comes to both individuals and the moral fabric of society. This ties into the issue of detecting mental problems and issues which remain obscured in our society. One reason for this is that we cannot or tend to refuse to look reality squarely in the eye. The reality is that mental illness and the problems it engenders are real and prudence lies in identifying it before it does damage. Besides the sordid example cited here, mental illnesses of the “prosaic” variety cause much grief and problems to both its victims, their families and loved ones. Oftentimes, the victim does not realize that he or she is a victim of mental illness and once it becomes all too obvious, it is usually too late. Yet again, prudence suggests that early detection , diagnosis and treatment are key. So, for the sake of the victims of mental illness, for society at large and for the sake of those who become victims of the psychically deranged and emotionally warped, it is incumbent upon society to recognize the nature and problem of mental illness. Recognition must be followed by empathy and not hostility. For, in the ultimate analysis, it is empathy that is the best antidote to these kinds of issues( not all though). Let the process begin now and let us deal with a nagging issue that stares us in the face.