Mental illness - Hope Ahead

Before we move ahead, let us be clear about a simple clinical reality – Mental illness is not a social stigma or a religious dogma, it is a clinical challenge just like any other illness. When mental illness strikes it can turn the world upside down for the patient and the family too. Some people cannot even recognise it during the primary phase of psychosis or the early mental illness phase. It is important to understand that episodes of psychosis and symptoms of mental illness can be extremely challenging to diagnose and treated quickly & effectively.

Getting a comprehensive assessment is the primary step toward planning a recovery strategy.

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, cognitive skills, and generic daily functional ability. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses affect the brain and nervous system that in turn does disrupt normal daily living.

Some common mental illnesses include Depression, Schizophrenia, Bi-polar Affective Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorders (that can develop into more serious mental conditions, if not treated) and others.

Treatment Procedure for Mental Illness

We offer psychological rehabilitation for mentally challenged persons. This is the process of restoration of community functioning and well-being of an individual diagnosed with mental health, mental or emotional disorders and who may be considered to have psychiatric disability. Our Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs is undertaken by professional Rehabilitation Counsellors with special skills in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Licenced Professional Counsellors with experience in the field of Mental Health, Psychiatric Rehab Consultants, PhD level professionals with experience in Mental Health & Rehabilitation, Trained Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists & Community Support.

The team of professionals seek to effect changes in the person's environment and his/her ability to deal with the environment, so as to facilitate improvement in symptoms or personal distress and life outcomes. These services often combine Pharmacological Treatment (often required for program admission), independent living, social skills training, psychological support to patients and their family, housing, vocational rehabilitation & employment, social support & network enhancement and access to leisure activities. There is often a focus on challenging stigma and prejudice to enable social inclusion, on working collaboratively in order to empower patients, sometimes on the path to complete recovery. This is nowadays a widely followed Recovery Approach.

Our Psychiatric Rehabilitation promotes recovery, full community integration & improved quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with any mental health condition that seriously impairs their ability to lead meaningful lives. This Psychiatric Rehabilitation service is collaborative, person directed & individualized and generally evidence based practices for “adult services”.