How to help an Alcoholic?

It is painful and overwhelming to see someone you love destroy their life due to an addictive behaviour. Alcoholics usually tend to deny their addiction and only realize it when its negative effects have spread into almost all areas of life. Here the role of friends and family members can be effective in encouraging them […]

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First aid for Panic Attacks

Panic attack is a condition which is episodic in nature marked by high anxiety and fear, also discomfort that develops suddenly and reaches heights within 10 minutes.   Observable symptoms: Trembling and shaking Sweating Short breaths and sensations of choking If the person reports – palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, abdominal distress or nausea, dizziness […]

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Panic Attack in Child

Did you know that a panic attack in children often manifests in the early stages of adolescence? And, it is the most common psychological problem in the western countries, usually affecting about 2-3% of the people especially the younger ones in a year. There is no specific event triggering the first panic attack in children, […]

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Alcohol Detoxification

Do you know that Delirium tremens kills one in  20 people during alcohol withdrawal? Yes, It is estimated these tremors occur in 5 percent of the people who go through the process of alcohol withdrawal. This is the time where the alcohol detoxification comes into the picture.   It is good if you have decided […]

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How To Stop Panic Attack

Dying on EMI basis?   In the spur of a moment suddenly thinking of losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. No clue of what’s happening in and around? That could be a panic attack. Yes! A panic attack is a sudden impact of intense fear that creates severe physical reactions in the […]

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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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