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Mental illness, attempt to suicide, refuses to take medicines. What can assist?

Hello doctor, I m krishnan staying away from my family after my mother have mental illness for last 15 years.she s 40 now . My father trying to treat her by taking her to a doctors in vellore ie tamilnadu,India.but now she became worst not taking medicines and showing severe anger and fighting with everyone and trying to burn herself ie suicide attempt.i dono wat to do .we r from poor family.already spent much money.still I want my mom to be alright .money s nt a matter .pls help me.whether she needs to be hospitalized since she s not taking medicines and hiding the medicines and throwing it away...pls help me
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I understand that you are concerned and worried about your mother's mental illness. From your description, it appears that your mother may be having a chronic mental, probably a psychotic disorder. Also, the main problem seems to be that she is not taking medication regularly.

In such case, where symptoms are sever, she is suicidal and refusing to take medication, admission would be a good option. She can have in-patient treatment till the severity of the illness comes down and she is in a position to take medication. When the illness is severe and the patient is suicidal, then electro-convulsive therapy is also an option. Please discuss further management options with her psychiatrist to ensure that she gets the required treatment.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Michelle Gibson James's  Response
Hi, thanks for using health care magic

With a history of aggression, suicidal attempt and poor compliance with medication, it would be best if your mother was admitted to a hospital for at least a short period of time till her illness is under control.
At the hospital she would be given her medication under direct observation and she would receive counselling services.
When her mental state has improved , she may consider taking the medication and receiving any other care of her own accord.

It is not doing her or your family any good for her to continue like this.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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