AMPHETAMINE ADDICTION

What Is Amphetamine? Amphetamine is a form of synthetic stimulant type drug. It can provide a feeling of high competence to the individual’s central nervous system. In this period of time, the body might feel increased concentration and energy. Earlier, amphetamine was used to treat the mental health conditions. It can treat the conditions such […]

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Why Psychiatric Care is a Social Taboo in India: People approach multispeciality hospitals to visit cardiology, neurology, gastrology and everything but they won’t prefer to see a psychiatrist. Because in India, visiting a psychiatric care is considered as a social taboo. The individual feels that “What my friends and family will think of me if […]

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Heroin addiction began in the early 1900’s as the substance was produced and sold legally for the treatment of opiate addiction and other assortments of ailments. It was believed that heroin was no addictive or so the doctors were told it was not. Later they stopped producing it once they began to see many people […]

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“Lisa was diagnosed with Dementia at the age of 45 after memory loss and difficulty multitasking resulted in a poor performance report at her job as a nurse. The diagnosis quickly altered Lisa’s life and plans. Not only did she lose her job, but her plans for retirement drastically changed as well. She had expected […]

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Congratulations to you have made the most difficult decision of your life: the decision to getting sober. Addiction sneaks up on us very slowly, and sooner or later it grabs us and takes control of our lives. If this has happened to you, then what we need to do is to take a good look […]

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What does living with Schizophrenia mean? A Layman’s perspective.

Article written by Preeti.V

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 showcased a 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 disorder.

I have come across people laughing, talking, crying, howling at 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 the 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 I am right or wrong.

There are different levels of schizophrenia. One movie, most of us would have watched – “Lage Raho Munna bhai.” It’s the excessive reading and pressure that puts Prof. Munna on imagining the existence of Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi around him.  Another movie, watched by most of us is “A Beautiful Mind” showcasing an extreme case of paranoid schizophrenia, where Prof. John Nash 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 to.

Schizophrenia, as complicated as 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 the treating doctor, supporting family and friends.

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