According to the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) Mental Health is defined as not just absence of mental disorder it is a state of well being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses in life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Facts about Mental illness –
It is Treatable but not Curable
This illness has permanent and bio-psycho-social effects on personality of the affected person and if neglected the illness can grow.
Deterioration is observed in attention, stability, memory and other areas of cognitive function
Dealing with Mental illness
The psychiatric patient needs the following treatment to cope with his illness
1) Medical Intervention- This includes right medicine and right dosage
2) Regularity and consistency in treatment is a must.
3) Peer group support of patients having similar problems, this builds confidence. Regular participation involves concern and develops a positive attitude towards self.
4) Family support also helps in the recovery of patients by providing them with love, care and acceptance.
5) Group therapy sessions help in building a feeling of ‘belonging’ in the patients and stimulate their thinking.
The patient has to be admitted for a period of minimum 3 months. But if a mental handicap is severe or acute the period of indoor treatment may be longer, this is more so for chronic patients.
Patients come in voluntarily or with a certificate from a qualified doctor.
- Individual Counseling
- Group Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Yoga and Meditation
- Pre Discharge Counseling
- Follow up sessions
- Family Counseling