Long Term Rehabilitation for D...

Addiction to being sober for long is not a cakewalk. It takes a lot of courage, determination and strength to achieve it. If you have been a drug or alcohol addict and you are over it now then thank and congratulate yourself because you deserve one. If you are not able to get over it […]

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BIPOLAR DISORDER FACTS

This blog is a compilation of the common questions asked by patients with bipolar disorder and their family members.  It is completely for the knowledge, short-term recovery, and most importantly to imbibe self-confidence for the individuals that – You’re not alone! I read that ‘people with bipolar disorder can’t switch to normal life again‘ is […]

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What is sniffing addiction?

Sniffing is an act of inhaling substance right from the container of the substance. Sniffing involves either pouring or spraying a substance on a cloth and holding that soaked cloth to the nose or placing it in the mouth. And bagging is where fumes from the substance are trapped in a bag and then held […]

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Celebrities with Bipolar Disor...

‘Like seriously!!!???’ We do say “what?!”, “really!?”, “OMG!!!”; when we are surprised. When we know something new we are surprised, and when we know about the famous faces, this expression is magnified and the news goes viral. Especially celebrities with an illness like bipolar disorder. Do these faces look familiar to you? Yes, these faces […]

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Ice Addiction

Crystal meth, commonly known as ice, is now considered one of the most dangerous drugs (Ice addiction). Ice is the purest form of the drug methamphetamine. Smoking ice is considered to be the most addictive form of intake. It causes severe damage, both physical and mental, to the abuser. Like any other form of addiction, […]

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Do I Know- Meaning of SCHIZOPHRENIA

In 1993, Sunday, the premier show of a Bollywood movie “Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayi” to be featured on television and I, have my Social Studies exams on Monday. I knew I will pass in exams, so though I had a book in my hand, chose not to study and managed to watch the movie. The movie had lovely songs and I still sing them. The movie showcased heroine living with a wild imagination of some ugly, scary guy with a big belly trying to stab her with a dagger. After watching this movie, honestly, I felt the director just made up some story and there was no such mental disorders. I have come across people laughing, talking, crying, hauling to nobody but thought they were mentally retarded. There was always a curiosity to know what they imagine or what they think of while they do such an act.

Television, theatre, movie, entertainment has always been my interest, which made me a little aware of thee big, long word Schizophrenia. SCHIZO…. PHRENIA, I guess I still don’t get the pronunciation right. If I have to explain the meaning of this word, then it means- “The individual who believes his imagination or fantasy to be having a real existence.” These imaginations could be on any extremes, could be good or bad, wild or adorably lovable, friendly or unfriendly. A person experiencing schizophrenia feels or rather I should say believes the existence of another individual, but in reality there is no such existence. Quite scary, isn’t it? The first question that strikes my mind is how one would know that the person is schizophrenic or if at all, am I schizophrenic. I guess few symptoms could be known by understanding his/her behaviour, mood swings or their conversations, but I am still not sure whether am I right or wrong.

There are different levels of schizophrenia. One movie, most of us would have watched- “Lage Raho Munnabhai.” It’s the excessive reading and pressure that puts Prof. Munna on imagining the existence of Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi around him, the movie showcasing few symptoms over schizophrenia. Another movie, watched by most of them “A Beautiful Mind” showcasing an extreme case of schizophrenia, where the actor spends most of his life in imagination and later comes to an understanding where he is unable to distinguish between the real and unreal.  Pardon my references of movies, but this was the only source of information which I could relate.

Schizophrenia, as complicated the word looks, more complicated is the mental disorder, but simpler is the cure which can be diagnosed by the right doctor, medication, therapy and loads of support, love care and belief, not only within oneself but also in doctor, family and friends.

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