Parents and elders, do not punish your children
Reality is, in case of most mental health disorders, if proper counseling is provided along with medicine, dosage of medicine can be reduced gradually and no medicine will be required
Post by on Thursday, August 18, 2022
Sometimes love kills or ignorance is bliss, I do not know which of these explains my dismay over behavior of SOME parents and elders. Yes, it is related to many ailments, but mostly depression, thyroid disorders and a little extent to diabetes.
Some reasons based on my interactions and knowledge. 1= If a girl or boy says s/he is a diabetic, chances of marriage are reduced, so it is hidden. But if a girl marries a boy who also is diabetic, chances that children have diabetes increases. So both ways it is a losing situation.
Genetic counseling before marriage is must. Dangers of uncontrolled diabetes, we all know. We can live a happy and healthy life if we seek early treatment of diabetes. 2= In case of mental health disorders- so called addiction to medicine is one of the reasons. Parent’s say- you will get addicted to medicine so read Holy books or do good deeds. Example= If father has OCD- and he was erratic on treatment and washes his hands 10 times a day, children will think washing hands 10 to 20 times is normal. And children will get same or other mental health disorders. And vicious cycle will continue. How sad and painful?
Reality is in case of most mental health disorders, if proper counseling is provided along with medicine, dosage of medicine can be reduced gradually and no medicine will be required. 3= Thyroid disorders are not taken seriously; from asking to stop eating cabbages to use of magical medicine is advised but not a visit to an endocrinologist.
Remember if we open any book of medicine it will confirm my fears with following findings. A person is at risk of developing thyroid disorders if, s/he has
- A family history of thyroid disease.
- A medical condition (these can include pernicious anemia, type 1 diabetes, primary adrenal insufficiency, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome and Turner syndrome). Kindly note that there are other causes of thyroid disorders which are known to all.
- Untreated thyroid conditions during pregnancy are linked to serious problems, including premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. If your thyroid condition is treated during pregnancy, you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. So why spoil your next generation. Our next generation should be healthier than us, we should aim for that.
I am not including those children who are diagnosed with “INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY” and are forced by parents to read, or read till they pass 10th grade. So that their influential parents can adjust them somewhere. It is painful, if you beat or force them.
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