The book ‘Taming The Little Devils Within’ 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 degree determines the course of treatment or counseling by experts. Even a headache could lead to psychological problems if not treated properly in time.
Although we are the masters of our mental health yet we, usually unknowingly, create conditions, which make us mentally unhealthy. To elaborate this issue Dr.Amit Abraham shares a case, which he had handled a few years back and explains through this perfect example how even a mentally healthy individual can invite, create and aggravate conditions, which adversely affect his psychological wellbeing. This case study is intended to help readers of the book ‘Taming The Little Devils Within’ to relate, identify and understand life-threatening conditions better and the necessity of timely psychological counseling or psychiatric treatment for leading a mentally healthy life.
The author says that aided by the developments in medical science and technology people world over have been able to conquer many of the physical ills, which had afflicted them for the past many centuries. Over these years humankind has made progress, but not without paying a price for all these accomplishments.
Today the majority is no longer a victim of famines and epidemics. The black plague though has been overpowered and eradicated but it seems to have been replaced now with a host of psychological plagues. These look subtle but are extremely lethal, spreading within like cancer, taking their toll slowly but surely. There is the worry, loneliness, disillusionment, and doubts. We are too engrossed chasing our dreams, blindly running through mazes and dark blind alleys or have lost our way in there. The lucky ones who have managed to find their way through seem not too contended with what they have ultimately achieved. This is what the mirage of modern existence is. In the end, all are equally besieged with the pangs of anxiety. No wonder this age is aptly called the Age of Anxiety.
Normalcy today has nearly become a myth. Mostly all of us are beset with seemingly endless personal and social problems. There have been wars, social unrest, economic recession, unemployment, personal grief, and many such psychosocial and economic problems, 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 is constant pressure to succeed on the young child, escalating with each target he achieves. The steps on the ladder are infinite and no end for the human desires to satiate. The fulfilled desires soon become meaningless and newer unfulfilled ones constantly aggravate man’s anxieties.
Look around you and you will find on every side anxious, unhappy, bewildered people who are missing the fulfillment of their best potential because they cannot achieve a satisfactory adjustment to problems that seem just too great. Smooth, effective functioning has been eclipsed by symptoms of personality maladjustment. In many cases, the stress of modern life takes its toll leading to psychiatric causality without the person actually becoming aware of.
In fact, after going through the book ‘Taming The Little Devils Within’, the reader would realize that a sharp dividing line between normal and abnormal behavior simply does not exist.
The statistics show that mental illness incapacitates more people than all other health problems combined. It may be a bitter fact but all of us, to some extent, show some of the other characteristics that deviate us from the normalcy mark. The abnormal behavior of ours may though be just a matter of degrees but the question does arise on “How normal are we”? The layman may not agree with what is being claimed here but the abnormal behavior is not only the extreme, bizarre, and sensational things that we see in mental hospitals and clinics. It also includes anxiety, depression, phobias, and moods, sleep disturbances, obsessive or compulsive behavior and many others. We all suffer from one or the other psychological problems during our lifespan yet claiming ourselves to be normal and mentally healthy individuals. It is lack of awareness, which makes things miserable for us. It is time that 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 little 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 to become/remain mentally healthy.
While going through the book you need not be besieged by fears feeling that you are a deviant from the normal. Many people occasionally feel anxious, discouraged, and inadequate for days and months together. Their behavior is irrational, irritable and restless. They feel unduly fatigued, experience loss of appetite and have sleep disturbances. This, however, does not always indicate that they are neurotic. These symptoms can be the result of psychological stresses, which impinge upon such individuals due to various reasons. Almost everyone experiences feelings of insecurity and anxiety resulting from various life situations so your exhibited symptoms just make you a part of the larger world of normally deviant individuals.
Though most of us are minor deviants from normalcy, some may 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 doing evaluations/measurements if you feel that you are one of them then remember that mental illness is not a disgrace.
One final strong suggestion. Do not be reluctant to get professional help at the earliest. Your positive acceptance of problem/s will enable you to seek timely professional counseling so as to recover while the disorder is in the early stages. This action will prevent the elevation of difficulties.
Your treatment is for the betterment of your own wellbeing and that of your family.