‘Treat mental illness as seriously as cancer’

The Times of India - Psychological illnesses are one of the most under recognized, under diagnosed and undertreated diseases that a person can have. "Both obesity and mental depression are serious illnesses," Texas Tech University's department of nutritional Sciences chairperson and professor, Dr Nikhil Dhurandhar, said, adding that these shouldn't be dismissed as behavior inclined conditions but treated with the same seriousness as cancers.

"Consider obesity a disease and not moral failure. Don't blame people," Dhurandhar advised while delivering his lecture on 'Lifestyle Therapy for Obesity' at the formal launch function of the Goa Psychology Association at Panaji on Wednesday.

Governor Mridula Sinha urged counsellors to keep their personalities and prejudices aside when counselling people with mental illness. "You can't separate the mind from the body when counselling people. You have to study the situation that the person lives and works in and his physical strengths too," she said. Joint families she said ensured that elder members made time for children in the family and any issues would be resolved at home.

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