|What is the "Let's talk" project? How can I talk about mental illnesses?|
Today during my paeds clinical posting, a mother was depressed and flooded with anxiety, negative thoughts, fear and stress because her one year - seven months old kid was suffering with acute pain, breathlessness, constipation, vomiting and other complaints of GI and respiratory distress. On history and examination, our professor suspected it to be a case of tuberculosis and due to contagious infection from one of his uncles. She was not sure though, so suggested her to admit the patient.
And what next? "Tuberculosis", the mother heard it and started crying. Belonging to a poor background and low SE status, she had already gone through a lot. This 'bad' news made her condition worse.
Due to the depressive nature of the mother, the kid somehow sensed it and so refused to ingest anything except water, not even her milk. If at all there was any psychological support from her mother or any member of the family, the health of the kid wouldn't probably be that bad.
The doctor provided the psychological support to the family, especially the mother and tried to make the situation better. In a few moments, the kid started showing improvement in behavior and so was breast - fed again. :)
Not all patients who come to the ward with complaints of depression, anxiety and related mental disorders need to be put on drugs... Of course not.
Psychological support from the family is must. Mental health of a child is as important as physical health. The treatment of such patients can only be successful if the patient gets proper care in all aspects from within the family and outside.
Thats all :)