What people know about psychiatric patients:
In general the majority of the people think psychiatric patients have some issues or other that they cannot be normal and sometimes violent, and many times dull and inefficient or confused.
What probably people don't know or not constantly aware of:
The hardships the patient goes through
The hardship the patient's family goes through
The nature of treatments and the risks involved.
Why do people become psychiatric patients?
There may be no one cause but a combination of factors.(genetic, environmental,
personality, lifestyle). Acute illness may be due to loss of family member or other major losses. Chronic illness is having issues to some degree existing for a major portion of the life. Neurotic illness is based on a specific event that happened but psychotic illness is due to no specific reason. It is hard to find and treat the latter.
What is the problem with treatment?
Treatment can greatly help but can worsen the issues due to delicate effects of drugs on brain. For example, drugs administered for depression in the case of a patient with potential for bipolar depression(mania) can trigger the more serious bipolar depression which otherwise might remain dormant. Treatment can cause an entire range of sideeffects. The most prominent is it slows down the thinking and motor skills. The drugs administered in the 1970's and 1980's induced day time sleep spreading over the entire day. The drugs impair other functions including sexual function. It lowers the sex drive.
Stigma is how others look at people with mental illness.
Stigma may be obvious and direct, such as someone making a negative remark about one's mental health condition or one's treatment. Or it can be subtle, such as someone assuming one could be violent or dangerous because one has a mental health condition. These and other forms of stigma can lead to feelings of anger, frustration, shame and low self-esteem — as well as discrimination at work, school and in other areas of one's life. For someone with a mental illness, the consequences of stigma can be devastating.
In addition, the fact that one is undergoing treatment and mental illness can cause tampering of self image, low self esteem and low self confidence to mention a few. So coping up might be a real challenge especially if the problem had started as early in the adolescence.
Faith, involvement in spiritual thoughts, a healthy lifestyle with good eating habits, exercise, being connected with family and friends, understanding the concept of Universal love along with drugs can ultimately cure the patient. The thinking
ability of the patient could then be directed towards fruitful results.