The world is celebrating the mental health day today with hopes of spreading awareness about the most prevalent and also the least discussed health problem. These Mental health problems have been a dilemma for quite a long time now.

According to WHO, the mental disorders effect one in four people which shows how prevalent these mental disorders are. Of what I know, one of the primary reasons for the prevalence is that people do not recognize “a disturbed mental state” as a disorder or a problem. You often hear people saying “It’s all in the head.” Or “Just snap out of it”. But the fact is it is not. A person with a mental disorder does not make that all up in his head. A mental disorder occurs to a person just as diabetes or hypertension does and it also requires treatment like any other physical disorder. So, Mental Health Problems do exist.

We all are quite familiar with Depression, Anxiety, OCD and other common ‘terms’ like these and we use them very often in our conversations. We know depression as an adjective to be used when we feel really really sad but we do not realize how serious this medical condition is and we might be undermining somebody’s reality. So, recognize disorders as disorders and don’t use them as adjectives.

As every other thing, the society has also set standards for mental health. We often hear things like “Mental disorders do not require treatment, you can snap out of them if you really want to.” But the fact is mental disorders do require treatment like physical disorders.

Not everybody having a mental disorder is insane or violent. This is yet again a stigma associated to mental health. Telling people to consult a psychiatrist for professional help is one of the most difficult thing to do since the immediate reaction you get is “Do you think we are insane?” This is mainly because the society has labeled psychiatrists as “Doctors who treat the insane people.” This is again not true.

Generally, the people refrain from seeking professional help. Either because they believe only the ‘insane’ people require help or they are embarrassed of their condition and shy away from going to a psychiatrist. There is nothing wrong with going to a psychiatrist to seek help for your mental problems.

So, If somebody talks to you about their mental problems don’t laugh it off. Try and stamp out the stigmas from their heads and ask them to seek help. Lastly, If you thing you are having a mental problem that is affecting your everyday life don’t hesitate to seek help.





Freedom All The Way

Ban kay rahega Pakistan,
Bat k rahyga Hindustan.

It may be just another enthusiastic slogan but the struggles, hard work and sacrifices that followed it are worth remembering.
August 14, 1947 the day of Independence. A day of sacrifices. A day when millions of people crossed the border. Among which there were people who survived the brutal torture and also the ones who came in pieces. Leaving their families to lament.
But all the sacrifices brought the greatest gift to us. Freedom.
Friends, Freedom is not only confined to roaming around on the roads, waving the national flag or playing national songs. It is much, much more than that.
Its about remembering the sufferings of our forefathers and sacrifices of all those who fought for a free state but never lived in one. The people who never stepped on this land. The people who never saw the mountains, the rivers of the country they fought for. Who never experienced the beauty of freedom.
Yes, we are blessed. Blessed, for we are living in a free state. Despite all the problems that we are facing it is still OUR COUNTRY. OUR PAKISTAN !
We OWN it.
So, you think flying abroad is a solution ? Well, its not. Wanting to settle abroad is a disrespect to freedom. You go and work for people who never respected you. Who treated you like shit. The people from whom your forefathers won freedom. You go back and offer yourself as a slave. Fair enough, eh ?
Sorrows lessen when shared.
Would you like it if the people close to you leave you at a time when you need them the most ? No ?
Then how can we even think to leave this country in the hands of corrupt people with filthy intentions ?
This is the time to get united. United for a cause. To work for a revolution not only by marches but a revolution in the way we think.
We must unite in this difficult time because no matter what happens this is our country. THIS IS OUR PAKISTAN !

Moujh barhy ya aandhi aae,
diya jalae rakhna hai,
Ghar ki khatir so dukh jhelain,
Ghar tou aakhir apna hai !

Pakistan Paindabad !

You are important.

You were born. People rejoiced because you came into existence. You were the world to your parents. You were important.
From your first tooth to your first step and to the first word you ever said, you were encouraged for you were important.
You learned to walk and to talk. You were taught to tie your shoes, comb your hair and to button your shirt. You were taught all that was important to survive because you were important.
You started going to school. You worked hard and got encouragement. You made new friends who would call you at 12:00 on your birthday to tell you that you were important.
You grew up to reach your teens. You were in love. You actually felt important. But you were soon to realize you weren’t.
Now that you are no more with the one you said you loved, you feel like its the end. All those thoughts that come and go and all those fears you have in your mind make you feel unimportant.
You cry hard or even tear apart but believe me, YOU WERE IMPORTANT AND YOU STILL ARE IMPORTANT.
You are important to your parents who brought you up with love and care. You are important to your siblings and to your friends who were there for you when nobody was. You are important to many but you may not realize. It is all about finding and judging the people who really care. And to love the ones who are worth it. And not to let people fool you, remember, YOU ARE IMPORTANT !