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Sanity is always at risk when a psychiatric patient wishes to live a normal life. The challenge is not only about being accepted BUT it’s the struggle of facing hostility and lack of empathy.
It’s okay if you suffer from any physical ailment but, if you are challenged with a mental one, it’s unacceptable. You are either branded as ‘mad’ or ‘weak’ or you simply are a nuisance.
What is the real challenge?
The struggle to live a normal life calls for a conflict; if you wish to lead a normal life then don’t expect empathy from anyone for your challenge. You ought to be strong.
Many a times you will collapse and won’t get the needed support. In such times give yourself time and do what you like doing the most. Taking a vacation is not always possible but, unwind. It does help.
Are you suicidal?
Yes, when challenges are immense you might even think of suicide. In a split of a second you might take your life. But, get trained to not loath in self-pity. An outburst of tears might make you feel light but, it kills your resolve and you become weak. Your body refuses to co-operate and even lifting up yourself to move becomes a challenge.
So for a psychiatric patient it’s always a battle not against anyone but, with SELF.
Is marriage a right choice?
Such patients should marry only if they have trained or learnt through the years to pull out of negative thoughts. If you have support and understanding from your life partner things can be handled. But, as your caregiver your partner might also feel exhausted.
It is time that we start educating people around us about psychiatric challenges. Learn to accept and be empathetic. In a society where psychiatric patients are shunned it’s a tough path to walk.
Be careful with whom you share your challenges. Have a few friends who understand, know and accept you just the way you are. They should be available for you and help you look at the positive and practical side of life. Sometimes, when we are too sensitive our vision gets blurred and we fail to face reality. In such times do you have someone who shows you the practical and positive side of life? Build this network of well-wishers.
Counselling is vital. Don’t deny it. For some psychiatric patients medication is a must. Alternative therapies like meditation, Yoga and Reiki have a great effect, though it needs persistence and the effect is slow. Ayurveda and homeopathy also supplement treatment.
Ofcourse, some people will never accept you. So learn to ignore them.
And if your resolve is strong, then everything within and around you changes. Surely, the universe will test you and ultimately co-operate with you.
© Copyright 2017 Rashmi S. Malapur