Q. My mother is suffering from a mental disorder for 24 years. Can she recover?

Answered by
Dr. Ruhi Satija
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on May 30, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jun 10, 2020
Respected sir/madam,
My mother has been suffering from mental disorder since 24 years (from my birth) . My dad took her to the hospital and undergone treatment also but no use , after up to 2 years prescribed medicine also used . It had been 20 year of not using any medicine and treatment . Since my birth
i hadn't my mother's love and care . Now I want to get her treatment . Her condition right now she is healthy , don't remember anyone ,quiet calm , sometimes do whatever we told.
Is there any chance to recover ?
Please give me some advice as I don't know what to do?

Dr. Ruhi Satija

Psychiatry
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Hello , I am sorry to hear about your situation. I can imagine how hard it must be for you. In your query you have not mentioned the diagnosis so I can't suggest exactly what needs to be done but I will explain how it works .. The fact that you mentioned that she doesn't remember anyone could be a part of 1. Dementia for which you would require a neurologist , Medications can help to an extent . 2. Psychosis or Depression can have such reactions , you will require a Psychiatrist for this . A complete evaluation is required , the doctor might do a CT/ MRI depending on the symptoms and start treatment accordingly and yes Medications can help to an extent depending on severity of the issue. One way is to get her treated on OPD basis ie at home with followuos with doctor , or you can opt for residential treatment facilities which keep the patient in the facility and there is a holistic approach to treatment where doctor , nurses , therapist , etc works as a team in recovery . I would need more information about symptoms or need to talk to your mother to be able to understand exactly what she is going through . I hope this helps .. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. take care .


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