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Political Warfare Bureau,M.N.D.PostDate: 2017/05/01

 

Accept, care for, and calmly face the so-called “Mental Flu”

Open your heart, and you will find that you are not alone.  Understand melancholia, go to see a doctor for assistance, and you will see the extraordinary effects.

By Jian Yikai, Captain, Mental health counselor, 42 Transportation Group


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on average, three out of every one hundred people get melancholia, which is regarded, with cancer and AIDS, as the three most serious diseases of the twenty-first century.  It is very common for everyone to be depressed in daily life.  Sporadic loneliness, disheartenment or depression is a reflection of pressure, and perhaps disappears in a short time.  If people are in the aforesaid emotions for a long time, they are suspected of having melancholia.

Never neglect melancholia which is often wrongly regarded as depression.  In addition to depression and lack of confidence, melancholia affects the functions of various organs of the human body, and causes different indispositions, such as headache, insomnia, memory impairment and dyspepsia.

Melancholia is also called “Mental Flu”.  The word “mental” here means brain.  Melancholia means that there is something wrong with the brain.  Some medical literatures found that when brain serotonin decreases, people will fall into a deep depression which is called melancholia.  Therefore, melancholia is a simple disease.  Perhaps melancholia was regarded as a mental disease that people were ashamed of and did not want to face.  The old concepts should be completely abandoned when we consider melancholia. Melancholiacs should actively open their hearts, try to accept others’ concern, and realize that they are not alone.  The most important thing is that they should immediately go to see a doctor, and accept lasting mental support and medical treatments.  The effects are usually obvious and prompt.

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has marked World Mental Health Day on 10 October from this year on.  The major goal of the WFMH is to promote the concept of prevention being better than cure.  In addition to managing your health just as you manage your work and career, you should regard your health as an investment which you make with a regular and normal life and taking moderate exercise.  A healthy life starts with a heart which is happy, sympathetic, and grateful.  It is definitely not only a slogan.  Military officers and soldiers will increase their capacity to bear pressure, and improve their mental and physical situation after performing a series of mental health activities which are worthy mental health investments. 

The article is extracted from Page 3 of Youth Daily News on 19 December 2006

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