October 10 is observed as the World Mental Health Day (WMHDAY) since 1992 and this years theme is Advocacy for global mental health: scaling up services through citizen advocacy and action'. The 2008 WMHDAY focuses on where we came from and what needs to be done yet for the future. It aims to provide information, personalised treatment and resources that would help people across the globe in recovering from all forms of mental illness and disorders.
World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)
Did you know that one out of every four people around the world have some kind of mental illness and most of them go undiagnosed.The most common ones are depression, insomnia and Alzheimer's disease.
Would you classify being extremely shy as another form of mental illness? Social phobia such as being shy is also considered an illness of the same kind.This problem was first recognised as a mental health condition in 1980.
Apparently,acute shyness is one of the most under-recognised and under-treated mental health problems of the modern age.
For most of us it is a taboo to consult a psychiatrist or get any other kind of professional help such as counseling, so some resort to black magic to pacify or "cure" themselves.
Is being shy an illness?