From the moment I was admitted to my first psychiatric ward, I was desperate to get out. I hated the smell, the food, most of the staff, the routines, the magazines. I hated the sagging mattresses, the glassless funhouse mirrors, the furniture, the isolation rooms. But as much as I despised the place, there was one saving grace for me there: the other patients.
With heightened concern over the impact of excessive use of technology — especially social media addiction — on mental health in our cities, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) is planning to come up with an Urban Mental Health Plan.
Revealing this at the 20th convocation of NIMHANS here on Saturday, institute Director B.N. Gangadhar said the current district mental health plan largely catered to issues of people in rural areas.
On an average, four persons from Bengaluru seek treatment for addiction to technology every week, say doctors at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS).
A teenager, introverted by nature, finds solace in social networking sites and says that face-to-face interactions are traumatic.