Confused and disoriented? It could be a mental disorder?

Confusional psychosis, is a condition that is often caused due to severe head injury or high emotional stress. Severe stress or disappointment is often the reason for this condition. In this condition, the person is often disoriented with realities like place, time and people

Confused and disoriented? It could be a mental disorder?

A week ago, the country was proudly talking about a 16-year-old boy named Harshit Sharma from Chandigarh.

This was about his induction in Google for the job of graphic designing with a salary of whopping 1.44 crore annually. It was shortly realised that the whole episode was hoax and that there was no truth to it.

Soon afterwards, the kid was reportedly diagnosed with ‘confusional psychosis’.

Reportedly, the child is diagnosed with confusional psychosis, a condition that is often caused due to severe head injury or high emotional stress. Doctors across the city say the condition is not uncommon but it is not generally that commonly used as citied as a term.

“The psychosis is not uncommon among people.  Severe stress or disappointment is often the reason for this condition. In this condition, the person is often disoriented with realities like place, time and people,” said Dr Anjali Chhabria, Psychiatrist and Founder of Mind Temple.

Let’s take the example of Neha Sharma (name changed) who’s family came rushing to Dr Chhabria asking for a help in understanding her lack of interest in simple things like eating or complete quietness. “After the day of marriage, Neha was ill treated by her in-laws. The disappointment led to this condition,” added Dr Chhabria.

However, extreme stress can cause multiple consequences.

“I would call it extreme stress and disappointment that the child has gone through. It’s imperative for the family members to be aware about the happenings in their child’s life. The fact that the educational institutions and colleges lack counsellors and psychologists, it shows lack of concern towards the mental health issues and the need for prioritising it.

Often, in such situations parents have a fear of societal pressure so they find ways to escape the embarrassment. Instead, when you observe the symptoms surfacing slowly, get it cured in a short period of time. It’s time for the parents and teachers to teach them how to handle stress while facing all the challenges,” said Dr Hozefa A Bhinderwala, Psychiatrist, Global Hospitals, Mumbai.