Hey, what’s happened? You always seem to be irritated these days. All good at work? Karan asked his younger brother Arjun, who was standing on the balcony, looking a little lost. Nothing, all good, the weather, I guess. It’s so humid. Arjun replied.
Karan, who was four years older than Arjun, had always looked out for his younger brother. Arjun was not very good at expressing himself and kept his thoughts to himself. Both of them were in their twenties and staying in Hyderabad, away from their hometown. Whenever they got time off from their respective jobs, they would pack their bags and go home to their family in Lucknow, like millions of other corporate migrants. Interestingly, they got their names from the title of a big Bollywood movie. They often joked about how their mother must repeat the famous dialogue from the film when they were far from home!
Back to the Present:
Karan noticed that Arjun’s behaviour had changed a lot during the pandemic lockdown, even though he was doing quite well professionally and was also physically fit. Between the two of them, the younger brother was much more disciplined and loved running and cycling. What could the reason for him being aloof all of a sudden be? Was he hiding something? Was it a break-up? Karan was engulfed in a never-ending train of worry.
Karan decided to do something about it and booked a counseling session with a therapist he knew. After all, mental health is not something to be ashamed of in the 21st century. The psychiatrist, who also happened to be Karan’s friend, seemed happy after the session. He told him that Arjun was absolutely fine and just coping with the lockdown in his own way. There was nothing wrong as far as his mental wellness was concerned. Karan was relieved, and they started talking about life in general.
The Plot Unfolds:
A few days later, as Karan was taking medicines prescribed to him by his therapist friend, he started thinking about how his friend told him that he, not Arjun, need help. His friend was correct. Karan realised, how all of a sudden, he had lost weight in the past month, his behaviour was at two extremes. He would shout at his colleagues on calls and then suddenly go quiet. He was amused at how he hadn’t been able to notice his own odd behaviour.
Happy Ending (To be continued …)
He was glad he had decided to meet the therapist that day. He would have remained unaware of his own deteriorating mental health if he hadn’t. He smiled and walked up to Arjun, who was busy watching birds from the balcony. Hey brother, how about me joining your cycling group tomorrow? Why tomorrow? Let’s start this evening. Arjun replied. Both of them burst into happy laughter.
The Moral of the Story:
Mental health is as important as physical health, if not more. While you keep an eye on your loved ones, do not forget to be kind to yourself. Below are a few signs that are indicative of mental illness.
- Extreme behaviour – a burst of high and low moods.
- Social withdrawal – You don’t feel like talking to anyone.
- Feeling sad and irritated for an extended period than usual.
- Feeling anxious and worried for no clear reason.
Never hesitate to share your feelings with someone you trust or seek medical assistance. Just like you do when you get a fever.
- What is the name of the movie, after which the brothers were named?
- Who was suffering from anxiety and needed medical help?
- When is World Mental Health Day celebrated?
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