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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What movies don’t tell you about Mental Institutions??

Mental institution is much different from how we see in the movies… So let’s discuss what’s different

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Have you ever visited a mental institution in real? No… So how do you picture it in your mind?

A dark dingy place… with lack of basic amenities… rude people who care a darn about you… Really???

You must visit a place to know it… I would rather say it this way…

An open serene place, close to nature, homely, people well spoken and very caring…

Here are a few things I have observed that movies don’t tell us about mental institutions
Difficulty in diagnosis

In movies, it normally takes one meeting with a psychiatrist/ psychologist to diagnose the mental disorder. However, in real life, it is way different. It takes an in detail case history, psychiatric evaluation, psychometric assessment… and sometimes this too isn’t enough.

There have been a few cases where one starts with a diagnosis of depression, later observe a period of mania and eventually got diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Punishments aren’t that bad

Excessively drugged patients or bound to a room – isn’t how patients are treated in real. It may be used only in extreme cases (where the patient is violent or chances of harm to self or others).

Mostly, the institution tries that if there are chances of danger, there is a care-taker who checks on them every half hour or 15 minutes or may even be with them. However, their privacy is maintained. Patients are not left in rooms without food, water or essential needs – like shown in movies. And not checked on for a long time.

Treatment isn’t cruel

While shown in some of the Bollywood movies, the treatment for mental illness is quiet disturbing. Not everyone is given an overdose of medication… Not everyone has to go through ECT/ Shock therapy. There are many novel and widespread holistic methods that aid the treatment of mental illness.
Stay at the institution

No one can just choose to be in the institution. There is a thorough psychiatric evaluation that a person undergoes and then there is decision made whether you need to stay at the institution or not. Only some of the treatments are involuntary – mostly where there is a total lack of insight to the illness. And with advance in treatments, there is an increase in shorter stays when the patients are functional in nature and there is a better understanding of the illness.
It isn’t anything like jail

You will not have to wearing hospital gowns or uniforms, walking barefoot and living in a room that barely anything. One is allowed to carry their own things – clothes, toiletries, accessories and things you need. You can bring books you like, and food from home or packaged items. However, you may not be allowed to carry expensive items, money or mobile – for safety reasons of course.

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