PEOPLE AND THEIR STORIES: Living with a mental disorder | MorungExpress

Mongsentong Longkumer
Dimapur | September 17

People living with mental health issues are rarely heard in the public domain. Their sharing of experiences, in many ways, is helping to move conversations around mental health forward in a positive way.

Against this backdrop, in the latest in this three-part series, three patients identified by Prodigals’ Home field workers through their Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) shed light on their struggles and progress. of their treatment.

The Morung Express, with the help of Toshiwapang, a field worker associated with Prodigals’ Home, spoke with patients to better understand how mental health issues can be diagnosed and treated.

Among the patients was a 14-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with severe seizure disorder and intellectual disability. (Name hidden to protect the identity of the minor)

“In 2010, when he was only 7-8 months old, he fell off a bicycle parked near our house and hit his head,” his mother told this newspaper.

Since then, he has been unable to communicate properly due to his condition and this eventually led him to quit school in 2016. “We want him to get a good education one day and allow him to pursue everything he he wants to do in life,” said his mother.

According to her mother, the family first traveled to Dibrugarh for treatment and surgery and also visited North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong for a treatment. However, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to abandon treatment.

It was in September 2021 that he was identified by Prodigal’s Home and has since been on medication for his condition. “He feels better these days and his compulsive seizures have also diminished,” his mother said.

Another patient, Subash Dey, 30, barely leaves his home due to his condition. Physically, he is frail and skinny and can barely speak. His mother, seated next to him, said he barely eats as he suffers from depression in addition to having a seizure disorder since 2011.

Her father died four years ago from a fatal stroke while her mother works as a domestic helper and barely earns enough to feed her family.

According to Toshiwapang, Dey was identified by members of Prodigals’ Home for the CMHP on October 30, 2021, “We tend to check on him from time to time to check whether he is taking his medication or not,” he said. declared.

The field agent also revealed that Dey had tried to end his life on two occasions and had a tendency to ‘self-harm’. So far his situation has not deteriorated, but neither is it improving significantly, he said, adding empathically: “We can only imagine what it must be like. for him to suffer so much.”

For Hihyulo Seb, 25, who lives with a mental health disorder known as psychosis, his condition prevents him from connecting his thoughts and emotions to external reality.

According to his siblings with whom he shares a rented house in Dimapur, Seb used to cause immense challenges to the family due to his unpredictable mood swings and bad temper. “He argued a lot with the boys in our colony,” they said.

After being contacted by Toshiwapang and integrated into the CMHP, his sisters admitted that there had been a considerable improvement in Seb’s health and condition.

As such, he is currently able to make a decent living by working as a peon in an office near his residence. Seb shared that he studied up to class 8.

“Since his case was not as severe as other patients, fortunately he improved significantly,” Toshiwapang said.

This is the last in a three part series

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