'நானும் என் சிந்தையும்' பாடலின் பொருளை இங்கு காண்க !!
In the initial days of my work, I used to be scared of psychiatric patients as I considered them to be 'specimens'. As I started getting slightly matured, I realised that they are just normal people and why should somebody abuse them (as paithiyam). I understood this only after getting in close touch with them. You may ask “ Priya, don't you see abnormal behaviour in them? Don't you think their movements are unusual". Yeh, I agree. Let me talk about each of them as I think they are different things.
Behavioral abnormaties do occur in common people when they are extremely emotional/ sensitive but such behavior remain unnoticed in normal situations. But when we brand somebody as mad, many of us tend to extrapolate every activity of them to abnormality. I do agree that psychiatric patients do have hallucinations, delusions and obsessive compulsion but we, supposedly the better individuals, should be rational enough to identify which is normal and which is not normal behaviour. This would help the slightly depressed/ improving patients to recover faster as everylook of ours would play a role in their recovery.
The abnormal postural movements you see in patients who are branded as paithiyam/ mentally ill say like what you see in ' sethu - chiyaan vikram' are not due to their illness. It is a clear misconception that abnormal postures/ movement (of head / face/ body) are mostly due to mental illness (though dullness and dumbness are due to the illness). It is the mostly the side effect of the antipsychotic drugs !! Such movements are called Tardive dyskinesia( dys- abnormal kinesia- movement) [ Details: These drugs used for treating psychosis reduces the increased dopamine levels by blocking their receptors. But this causes super sensitivity’ of the dopamine receiving receptors(as their dont receive due to this blocking nature)]
Dopamine transmission through basal ganglia region responsible for movement and when its transmission is reduced at a sudden rate, it cause abnormality in the movement causing facial/ other movement disorders. If you see somebody with such abonormal posture/ movement it means that they are getting treated and they can't avoid such movements. In U.S doctors do tell the patients about such abnormal movement which would occur due to treatment and are asked to choose the drug sometimes- either a slow acting drug with less abnormality in movements / or quick acting drug with high abonormality in movements.
Idha therinjuukkama many of us would have looked and abused somebody as 'adhu paithyam!! '. (Ofcourse there many other abnormality disorders occuring even in the absence of treatment in psychiatric and non psychiatric cases). I was/get extremely disturbed when I learn such truths in my classes. Such misconceptions should go away from people's mind so that recovering patients would feel much better. Some friends have heard volumes from me about this.. inga blogla ungalayum torture pannalaamnnu vandhen!!!
I think it's too much of science in a post!!! Let me stop here now!