The book’Taming The Little Devils Inside’ is a practical book to help you discover/measure/find out if you have any psychological issues, and if you have, then to what degree. This level of level determines the course of treatment or counseling by experts. Even a headache could lead to psychological problems if not handled correctly in time.
While we are the masters of our mental health yet we, usually unknowingly, create conditions, which make us emotionally unhealthy. To elaborate this issue Dr.Amit Abraham shares a case, which he had handled a couple of years back and explains through this perfect example how even a mentally healthy individual may invite, make and aggravate conditions, which adversely affect his psychological health. This case study is intended to assist readers of the book’Taming The Little Devils Within’ to relate, identify and understand life threatening conditions better and the requirement of timely psychological counseling or psychiatric treatment to leading a mentally healthy life.
The author says that aided by the advancements in medical science and technology people world over have been able to conquer a number of the physical ills, which had affected them for the past many centuries.
Today the majority is no longer a victim of famines and epidemics. The black plague though has been overpowered and eradicated but it appears to have been replaced today with a multitude of psychological plagues. These seem subtle but are extremely deadly, spreading within like cancer, taking their toll slowly but surely. There is the worry, loneliness, disillusionment, and doubts. We’re too engrossed pursuing our dreams, blindly running through mazes and dark blind alleys or have lost our way in there. The lucky people who have managed to find their way through seem not overly contended with what they have ultimately achieved. In the end, all are equally besieged with the pangs of anxiety. No wonder this age is aptly referred to as the Age of Anxiety.
Normalcy now has nearly turned into a myth. Mostly all people are beset with seemingly endless personal and societal problems. There have been wars, social unrest, economic recession, unemployment, private grief, and lots of such psychosocial and economic issues, which have disrupted our life directly or indirectly affecting our mental wellbeing.
Darwin’s law of survival of the fittest has moved from the jungle into the civilized population. There’s continuous pressure to succeed on the young child, escalating with each and every target he achieves. The steps on the ladder are infinite and no end to the human needs to satiate. The fulfilled desires soon become meaningless and newer unfulfilled ones continuously aggravate man’s anxieties.
Look around you and you will discover on every side anxious, unhappy, bewildered people that are missing the fulfillment of their best potential because they cannot attain a satisfactory adjustment to issues that seem just too great. Smooth, effective functioning has been eclipsed by symptoms of personality maladjustment. Oftentimes, the stress of modern life takes its toll resulting in psychiatric causality without the person actually becoming conscious of.
In fact, after going through the book’Taming The Little Devils Inside’, the reader would realize a sharp dividing line between normal and abnormal behavior simply does not exist.
The statistics show that mental illness incapacitates more people than the other health issues combined. It might be a bitter fact but all of us, to some extent, show some of the other features that detract us from the normalcy mark. The abnormal behavior of ours may though be only a matter of degrees but the question does appear on”How normal are we”? The layman might not agree with what’s being claimed here but the strange behaviour is not just the extreme, bizarre, and sensational things that we see in hospitals and clinics. We all suffer from one or another psychological problems during our lifespan yet claiming ourselves to be normal and mentally healthy individuals. It is lack of awareness, making things miserable for us. It’s time we wake up to this bitter reality and put in our conscious efforts for living a better mentally healthy and adjusted life.
The author has explained in vivid detail the dimensions of mental health, the origins of small devils, causes of abnormal behaviour, the devils of stress, mental fatigue, panic, anxiety, depression, phobias, sleep disorder, suspiciousness, irritability, forgetfulness, fearful dreams, mania, obsession, imaginary ailments, personality disorder and how to disarm and correct devils into become/remain mentally healthy.
While going through the book you need not be surrounded by anxieties feeling that you’re a deviant from the normal. Many people occasionally feel anxious, frustrated, and inadequate for days and months together. Their behaviour is irrational, irritable and nervous. This, however, doesn’t always indicate that they are neurotic. These signs may be the result of psychological pressures, which impinge upon these individuals due to different reasons. Just about everyone experiences feelings of insecurity and anxiety resulting from various life situations so your exhibited symptoms just make you a part of this larger world of normally deviant people.
Though most of us are minor deviants from normalcy, some might have crossed over the danger mark. This requires psychiatric and psychological intervention for diagnosis and treatment. It should not be treated lightly since delay will only cause harm.
While going through this book and performing evaluations/measurements if you feel that you are one of them then remember that mental illness is not a disgrace.
1 final strong suggestion. Don’t be reluctant to get expert help at the earliest. Your positive acceptance of problem/s will let you seek timely professional counseling in order to recuperate while the disorder is in the early stages. This action will prevent the elevation of difficulties.
Your therapy is for the enhancement of your own wellbeing and that of your loved ones.