Co-morbid ailments are very difficult to heal. In a one-off case, now, a schizophrenic has been detected with another illness, paedophilia. To the surprise of the doctors treating him, paedophilia is co-morbidity and not a manifestation of schizophrenia in this case.
Schizophrenia is a difficult disease to handle. Paedophilia, for another is a very difficult yet hidden disorder. As for this 38-year-old Mumbai man, schizophrenia, an illness for which was treated for more than 15 years now, is suffering from another ailment- paedophilia ( the condition of being sexually attracted to children).
“He was taking treatment from us for schizophrenia and he is almost cured. That is when we realized, after his cure that he had a deeper problem. His family members thought this was a manifestation of schizophrenia. He was kept locked in the room because the minute he was released from the room, he would go around teasing young boys. However, this is not a manifestation of schizophrenia here but a co-morbid factor,” said Dr Sagar Karia, who is looking after the patient at the Sion Hospital.
The 38-year-old resident from Mumbai suburbs is now under treatment for his condition. Paedophiles are generally difficult to trace unless it is in a law and order problem. In simple terms, paedophilia is a disorder that involves having sexual feelings for children. Generally, the illness never comes to light unless it is taken up by the law say doctors.
“Obviously, the one suffering t wouldn’t see it as an offense. It’s a sexual deviation. It can be co-morbidity, individual illness or a manifestation of some other ailment also,” said Dr Milan Balakrishnan, consultant psychiatrist at JUNO.
However, it’s a known phenomenon that childhood traumas could be a catalyst in this. Shifa Mogral, clinical psychologist at Masina Hospital said, “Whenever a paedophile comes to us, we counsel them firstly by asking about any such childhood experiences. This then could help trace the cause. Then, this is healed. However, case to case is different.”