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Physical Symptoms of Mental Illness

Physical Symptoms of Mental Illness

A 19-year-old newlywed girl’s, who studies in college, husband had to go to abroad due to his job just after a few days of marriage. A few days later, suddenly, the girl became unconscious in her father-in-law’s house. Since then, the girl would often become unconscious, sometimes with convulsion.

She was taken to the house forcibly violating all the advices of doctors when no results were found positive. Doctors couldn’t find any physical illness after doing many tests and doctor said that it was a mental illness but her relatives did not agree on it. So they evaluate themselves that it is not any mental illness rather a disease named ‘Upori’ and there is no need for medical treatment for this kind of particular disease. It is the result of bad air (unearthly thing).

Her family started her treatment in a wrong way. She was given bad treatment like amulet and special type of water. Eventually she was dragged towards dark.

The story is not just about this girl. It is a very familiar scene of our society. At present, in our society, the greatest obstacle to the treatment of mental patients is the misconception, misbelief, prejudice and negative outlook of the common people towards mental illness and its treatment. There is also a lack of necessary referral system. Common people still do not consider mental illness as a disease rather they think that it is maybe a curse/black magic/bad winds, etc. and as a remedy, they use special water/oil, wrong treatments,.

Some mental illnesses also have physical symptoms. They are neglected day after day by marking them as pretense. Majority of the people do not have that mentality to accept the fact that a person can have physical symptoms due to the mental stress or conflict. And although some people consider mental illness as a disease, they are reluctant to take necessary medical treatment due to various social causes or fear of public shame. As a result, these patients remain in darkness day after day instead of having mental peace or sound health.

Therefore, as far as possible, all the wrong ideas should be identified by knowing about mental illness and its physical symptoms. There is no alternative of scientific treatment of any mental disease. A psychiatric patient should get the proper treatment breaking all the stereo types ideas about mental illness for the betterment of the person, family and society. All psychiatric patients have the right to have the appropriate treatment and be illuminated in life.

To be continued.

Associate Professor, Psychiatry Department, Jalalabad Ragib Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet