What are addiction treatment p...

We at Cadabams provide a wide range of services when it comes to addiction related mental health problems. Addiction is a serious mental condition that is complex and often chronic in nature. It affects the functioning and the constitution of the brain and body. Addiction has serious repercussions on relationships, families, schools, work life and […]

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Is Manic Depression Genetic/ H...

Research and studies indicate that bipolar disorder also known as manic depression share a genetic component. The disorder has a higher risk of being diagnosed in an individual if the disorder is/was prevalent in the individual’s family members. However, the mental illness is mainly triggered and shows an onset post a stressful life event. The […]

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Drug Abuse Rehabilitation

Drug abuse causes drug addiction; it is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive need to seek drug irrespective of its harmful effects. It causes lasting changes in the brain. In order to recover and undo effects of drug the individual and his family members must undertake rehabilitative measures. Rehabilitation helps encourage the addicted individual to: […]

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Manic Depressive Disorder

We all experience our share of ups and downs but with manic depression one experiences these highs and lows quite intensely, affecting one’s job and school performance, personal relationships, and altogether disrupting one’s daily living. Bipolar disorder was formerly known as manic depressive disorder. It is serious mood disorder marked by abnormal levels of mania […]

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Manic Depression Symptoms

We all have our bad day where everything seems to get on our nerves and good days where even the devil cannot stop you. But when do these mood states become a disorder? Like manic depression, also known as bipolar, most of the mental disorders can be confusing and difficult to identify as their symptoms […]

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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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