Mumbai, Nov 7 (UNI) Mental health experts today opined that mentally ill people get stigmatised when equated to criminals and this adds to the burden of the illness and retards recovery.
The experts--Dr Harish Shetty, Dr Anjali Chhabaria, Dr Nilesh Shah and Bharat Shah-expressed these views over mental ailments at a press conference organised by MAITRI (support group for the mentally ill here.
They said''There are approximately one lakh patients suffering from schizophrenia in Mumbai and one message to all of them is that medication with counselling improves quality of care and decreases burden on family. Also recovery from the illness is slow after subsequent relapses.'' ''Due to the illness, at times patient might hurl accusations, cast aspersions on the motive and display hatred or suspicion towards their loved ones. The illness and schizophrenia are responsible for these abnormal feelings by the ill,'' they said.
Recently, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan was denied custody by a court of his younger brother Faisal Khan, who has been suffering from schizophrenia. The court ordered that Faisal should be under care of his father Tahir Hussain for one month and be treated for his mental ailment. The Magistrate's court also directed Faisal to report to the Khar police station on alternate days and if his behaviour is found to be abnormal then he will be taken into police custody.
''Sending him to a police station is a human right violation'', they said.