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An Insight into Mental Health

Written by 
Dr. Ashish Khandelwal
 and medically  reviewed by Dr. Preetha. J

Education: MD

Professional Bio: Dr. Ashish Khandelwal is a Psychiatrist with more than 13 years of experience. He obtained an MD in Psychiatry from Maharaja Agrasen College in 2010. He is well versed in English and practices in Delh... 

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Published on Jun 11, 2012 and last reviewed on Nov 10, 2022   -  4 min read


There is an urgent need to increase awareness regarding mental health in many countries. Read the below article to know more.

An Insight into Mental Health


In this article, I will discuss with you three real scenarios which can make you understand how prevalent mentally affected people are in today’s world, especially among the young age groups. The most important task now is to make people understand the concept of mental health correctly and learn how to deal with it and get better.

A 23-year-old boy working at a private institution had gradually reduced his interactions with family and friends. He started becoming irregular at work. He used to lie down in his room during the day and not talk to anybody. One day, he was found hanging from his ceiling fan.

There was a 20-year-old student who started behaving irrationally with everyone. She would suspect her family members of trying to harm her. She would allege that people around her are talking about her and making fun of her. She would laugh inappropriately and mutter to herself. Her grades began to fall at school.

Another 30-year-old working businessman started having sleepless nights. He started having severe anxiety throughout the day. He was not able to concentrate on his work anymore. All this began after a marital discord with his wife.

These are a few examples of how a person's mental health affects his or her personal life and that of the family. All that is required is a mental health expert (psychiatrist) to diagnose and treat these problems.

Are People Concerned About Mental Health?

It is the mind that governs every aspect of your life. Whenever there is a bodily ailment, like fever, we take it very seriously and do the needful right away. But, what do we do for our mind and its well-being? It is important to realize that mental health is equally important.

In this world of fast-growing scientific knowledge, it has been proven that mental illness or psychiatric illness has a biological basis. Mental illness is a relatively common problem affecting roughly 10 to 20 persons out of every 100. Usually, the awareness regarding mental illness is poor amongst many. Any change in the behavior of the person from their usual self points towards the beginning of a mental illness.

For ages, mental illness has been seen as a taboo in our country. We all believe more in faith healers when it comes to mental health issues. But, they do more harm than good. A mentally ill person is highly stigmatized in certain countries, but in the present world, things are changing rapidly. It is time we started considering psychiatric illnesses as commonplace and changed the view of society towards such people who have the ill fate of suffering from one. These are the people who require help, and they should not be deprived of medical attention. After therapy, these people do recover and can live a healthy life. They have the right to medical treatment, and we, as their family and friends, should realize this.

Why Is There a Need for Mental Awareness Among the Public?

Though the need for mental well-being begins as an individual-oriented concern, it, in turn, becomes a family-oriented concern. But mental health is not only one of the important factors for a person’s and family’s well being but also it plays a key role in achieving global development goals.

More suicide incidents are being reported in the 15 to 30-year-olds due to mental health issues. And what is unfortunate is that these lives could be saved just by seeking help for managing their mental illness.

The people with limited income needing mental health treatment and care do not seek help due to low income, and people with adequate money do not seek help due to social stigmas.

What Symptoms Do People With Mental Illnesses Exhibit?

As a curtain-raiser, here is a list of a few symptoms which may suggest psychiatric illnesses:

  • Sad mood.

  • Depression.

  • Sleep disturbances.

  • Easy tiredness.

  • Hopelessness.

  • Memory problems.

  • Negative thoughts and suicidal ideations.

  • Anxiety.

  • Phobia.

  • Repeated thoughts.

  • Anger outbursts.

  • Suspiciousness.

  • Talking and muttering to self.

  • Decreased self-care.

  • Abnormal talks.

  • Behavioral problems.

  • Mental retardation.

  • Addiction to drugs.

  • Marital discord.

  • Sexual problems.

  • Long-standing pains with all reports being normal.

What Can Improve Mental Health Awareness?

Funds remain one of the prominent factors for decreased mental health awareness among the public. With improved funds, more and more research on mental disorders, their treatment, and public awareness on the same can be carried out on a large scale. And the World Health Organization’s universal health coverage for mental health is a noteworthy initiative for more than 100 million people in over 12 priority countries to access quality mental health care.

With more and more awareness programs and press and media attention on mental health topics, people become more aware of it, its prevalence, available management methods, and the complications it could cause when left untreated.

As an initiative from the people’s side, they are encouraged to break the social stigmas and taboo attached to mental health by understanding the depth of the condition and by not judging the affected individuals.

Why Is Mental Wellness Important?

By being physically and mentally healthy, you can,

  • Work productively.

  • Serve your community.

  • Take care of your family.

  • Identify your full potential and work on your improvements to lead a successful life.

You can achieve these with a positive mindset. To make your thoughts positive, you need to,

  • Stay active physically.

  • Interact with your friends and family.

  • Help others.

  • Be mindful.

  • Eat healthily.

  • Sleep adequately.

  • Develop coping skills.


You need not feel ashamed to consult a psychiatrist and discuss your fears and issues with them. You do not have to continue to suffer in silence. Speak out and reach out for help. In all the above examples cited, a little help could have made a big difference. This article is just a tiny step to destigmatize psychiatric illness and increase awareness regarding the symptoms of mental illnesses.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why Is It Important to Have an Insight Into Mental Health?

It is of utmost importance that society is made aware and sensitized about mental health, as only then the outstanding taboo would be nullified. Better knowledge would encourage people to be unhesitant in seeking professional help, and that would ultimately lead to a decline in complications associated with mental health.


How Would One Define Insight With Respect to Mental Status Examination?

Knowing unstable or compromised mental health is necessary for both the examiner and the patient. The knowledgeable patient should be expected to recognize the altered health and seek professional help against the same. A much better and more in-depth knowledge of mental health conditions is expected of the examiner pertaining to their profession. An astute familiarity with normal and altered mental state aids in prompt recognition of the kind of mental health issue the patient is going through, and hence, measures can be implemented to ease the mind.


What Does a Lacking of Insight Into Mental Health Mean?

A lack of knowledge of mental health is nothing but ignorance and a pre-conditioned taboo surrounding mental health. Mental health illnesses have long been ignored and have generally not been considered to need professional intervention. Usually, unaware or ignorant patients and their peers take a “brush it off” approach in dealing with altered mental health conditions.


What Does Insight Psychology Mean?

Insight psychology refers to clinical, medical, and physiopathological knowledge of variations of normal mental health and their altered states. This is expected of psychologists who are responsible for recognizing the altered mental state, their etiologies, and initiating remedies. A psychologist has in-depth knowledge of a patient’s psyche and is usually able to peel off the layers beneath the patient’s facade and their responses to diagnostic probes.

Insight psychology, in layman terms, limits recognizing altered behavior in one’s own self or peers and seeking or advising professional help. The general public should have a basic knowledge of mental health and its shortcomings.


What Causes Inadequate Insight Into Mental health?

Poor knowledge of mental health is due to a lack of historical understanding and awareness which trickles down the generation in the form of taboos and misconceptions. Lack of complete knowledge of normal and pathologic mental states leads to failure in recognizing the silent help calls of the affected individuals. Poor understanding also results in failure to differentiate between transient moods and altered mental health.


How to Provide a Good Insight Into Mental Health?

The only way to provide adequate knowledge of mental health one needs to educate the general population. Society must be sensitized to the precarious nature of mental health alterations. Receiving a complete understanding of the typical signs and symptoms may aid in recognizing suspected mental health inadequacies in self and peers. Education should involve recognition and differentiation of several mental health states and also a basic level intervention followed by a soft but assertive push towards professional help.


What Are the Four Stages of Insight Into Mental Health?

Not just to understand mental health, various stages are categorized to gain in-depth knowledge about any subject. 

Stage 1: Preparation: This stage refers to realizing the need for knowledge, and all the information is laid out to take-in

Stage 2: Incubation: Seemingly overwhelmed by the material, the student gives up on the quest yet keeps thinking about the problem statement.

Stage 3: Insight: The student archives the eureka moment when they break through the hurdle and achieve a solution to the problem after working tirelessly through the materials.

Stage 4: Verification: What is learned is then practiced practically, or the knowledge is practically implemented where the student takes in various real scenarios and tries to solve them with the acquired knowledge.


What Is the Role of Insight in Therapy?

Insight into mental health is important in therapy as it requires a collaborative effort based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist. Recognizing the cause, the changes, and the pathway to recovery is completely based on the conversation between the patient and the clinician. The bond between them is essential in the prognosis of any treatment. Better the rapport, better the cooperation.


What Are Intellectual and Emotional Insights?

Intellectual understanding refers to the ability to reason, strategize, solve problems, think abstractly, apprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from their own and others’ experiences.


Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify, assess, and control one's emotions and those of others and groups.


How To Form an Insight Essay?

In preparation for an essay, first understand, define, research, and create an idea and an outline. While writing an essay, hook the reader, provide a background, present the idea statement, map the structure of the main body, and conclude with a lasting statement.


In the context of mental health, the exact sequence could be followed up, and the content should be based on evidentiary research and should impart educational value.


What Is Insight Therapy?

Insight therapy is a type of conversational therapy in which the therapist guides the patient to identify past issues, behaviors, and mindsets that create an impact on the same elements of the present.


What Is the Fundamental Principle of Insight?

In the context of mental health, the fundamental principle of insight refers to inferring the difference between normal and altered mental states and accepting the need for professional help.


What Is an Example of Insight in Psychology?

On a layman's level, understanding is when one recognizes that their own or peer’s alternate mental states are dissimilar to their normal states and may be symptomatic of an underlying mental health condition that may warrant a professional opinion. 

For e.g., a person realizes that his/her bad mood or sadness is not normal and it has been too long to be ignored or be left to time.

On a professional level, the therapist understands the altered behavior and is able to differentiate it from transient moods, and judges the need for therapy. For. e.g., a therapist consults a patient who is showing frequent episodes of anxious behavior, and it is up to the therapist’s judgment to observe the behavior or start immediate intervention.


What Separates Insight From Understanding?

Understanding is the ability to recognize one’s knowledge and choices. It is knowledge and wisdom in practice. Insight is the ability to gain an accurate and in-depth understanding of one’s knowledge and choices. It is the capacity to make your knowledge, decision, and action into a habit or a lifestyle.


How to Provide Good Insights?

The art of imparting good insights starts by acknowledging one's own limits and the will to push the boundaries. Unless one knows what others are conflicted with, one cannot educate them. Broadening one’s own horizons on the subject, discussing with peers and superiors, listening to scholars on the subject, and implementing the changes in one’s own lifestyle would make one ready to preach. With absolute clarity, one can provide good insights to others.

Last reviewed at:
10 Nov 2022  -  4 min read

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