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'Rescued woman has schizophrenia, is under close watch'

The 25-year-old malnourished woman, who was rescued after a year of self-imposed confinement at her east Delhi house on Friday, is one of the many (around 150 to be precise) that the mobile mental health unit of Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) rescues every year.

delhi Updated: May 26, 2013 02:45 IST
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The 25-year-old malnourished woman, who was rescued after a year of self-imposed confinement at her east Delhi house on Friday, is one of the many (around 150 to be precise) that the mobile mental health unit of Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) rescues every year.

"It may not seem like a huge number but we must understand that it is not like a dental care unit which people throng in large numbers. Not many come forward and acknowledge problem when it comes to mental illnesses, though there are thousands living with the problem," said Dr Nimesh G Desai, director of IHBAS.

"This is a classic example of officials from the Delhi government, NGO members and IHBAS working together to pull off a rescue attempt within 24-hours of being alerted," Dr Desai said.

The mobile mental health unit is one-of-its-kind facility in the entire country that travels across the city to hold camps under National Rural Health Mission, and identify homeless and homebound mentally-ill people.

The 25-year-old woman, admitted in IHBAS, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. According to the doctors treating her, she is delusional and is imagining things that are not real, which are classic signs of the disease. Paranoid schizophrenia is one of several types of schizophrenia, a chronic mental illness in which a person loses touch with reality.

"The symptoms confirm paranoid schizophrenia. We have put her on anti-psychotic medicines and she is under close watch," said Dr Desai.

The woman was living alone and had gone into depression and become a recluse after her parents died some five years ago. She had locked herself up for about a year.