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Need to reduce stress, strain stressed

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Collapse of joint family system cause for many ills including mental pressure



FOR HEALTHY MIND: P. Kalaiyarasan, Principal Sessions Court Judge and Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, speaking at a function held in Dindigul on Monday.

DINDIGUL: Reduction of stress, strain and mental pressure was essential to improve mental health. Humanism was a basic medicine for peace of mind. First, it should start within family, said P. Kalaiyarasan, Principal Sessions Court Judge and Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority.

Delivering keynote address at a function organised by the DLSA here on Monday to mark the World Mental Health Day, he said that vanishing joint family system was also a reason for mental pressure, which was a basis for many problems. With no elders in the nucleus family, there was none to guide young couple and palliate their miseries and tension. Elders should be respected. Humanism should start from the family.

P. Deivaraj, Principal sub-judge, said that mentally ill persons needed care, love and affection besides regular medical treatment.

S. Jeganathan, senior lawyer, said that joint family system had reduced stress and strain in the family and avoided mental pressure. P. Manoharan, psychiatrist, said that four persons in every thousand were affected by acute mentally ill and five in every thousand were affected by minor psychological problems. Poor concentration, sleeplessness, absent-mindedness were symptoms of mental disorder.

Blood related marriages should be stopped, as such efforts would solve one per cent of psychological disorders.

Superstitious beliefs should be shunned. Later, the judge inaugurated legal awareness camp. Earlier, he consoled mentally ill persons at the Government Hospital here and at a private hospital and distributed sweets to them.

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