20 years later, he still struggles with cannabis ‘hangover’

Consuming cannabis can be a bad idea as it can be dangerous. Most of those who consume cannabis or alcohol even once in their lifetime believe that it is of no harm. However, this 40-year-old from Mumbai, is battling with the side-effects of cannabis, in spite of consuming it only once, that too twenty years ago

20 years later, he still struggles with cannabis ‘hangover’Cannabis is infamous for its acute disease spreading properties such as cannabinoids. Acute anxiety, hallucinations, chest heaviness, schizophrenia and such ailments are known side-effects of consuming cannabis. Occasional drinkers or smokers generally use the excuse about how intermittent consumption could not have serious side-effects. But, contrary to this belief, a 40-year-old Mumbai man has been […]

Warning: ‘Smoking’ pot could end up making you schizophrenic, like this 32-year-old Mumbai man

His parents started noticing that he had become irritable, suspicious of people’s intentions, angrily picking up fights, gradually progressed to muttering to self, abusing, running out of the house , spending long hours in front of the mirror etc. That’s when the doctors realised he had schizophrenia, a side-effect in this case of ‘smoking pot’

Warning: ‘Smoking’ pot could end up making you schizophrenic, like this 32-year-old Mumbai manFor the 32-year-old, Jian Kapoor (name changed) smoking pot was a ‘fun’ with friends. Kapoor was working in a management firm and he would smoke the pot with his friends about a year back. He was becoming way too irritable and increasingly suspicious of everyone. His worried parents approached a city doctor for help. “His parents […]

Rare: Mumbai’s schizophrenic man diagnosed with paedophilia, undergoes treatment

Co-morbidity is nothing but basically the combining of two or more factors at one go, which at times could be one ailment followed by another. As for this 38-year-old Mumbai man, schizophrenia, an illness for which he was treated for more than 15 years now, is suffering from another ailment- paedophilia and he is under treatment for his condition

Rare: Mumbai’s schizophrenic man diagnosed with paedophilia, undergoes treatmentCo-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 […]

Scientist work towards quietening the ‘voices’ of schizophrenia

Scientists believe a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy can help quell auditory verbal hallucination (AVH). TMS essentially calls for an electromagnetic coil to be placed against the scalp. The electromagnet delivers a pulse that stimulates nerve cells in a specific region of the brain that controls mood. It’s often used to treat depression

Scientist work towards quietening the ‘voices’ of schizophreniaSay the word schizophrenia and what comes to mind? Most likely it’s an image of a person who hears voices — someone who is carrying on a conversation in a loud manner with themselves. In a clinic setting, the voices that patients hear are known as auditory verbal hallucination (AVH). It’s just one in a […]

Mumbai man suffers rare delusion of being a crow

A 30-year-old paranoid schizophrenia patient suffers from the delusion of being a crow. He has been undergoing treatment for the past seven years

Mumbai man suffers rare delusion of being a crowThe patients and staff around psychiatry OPD number 21 at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (LTMG), Mumbai, were confronted by a puzzling ‘crow man’ Thursday. Mitesh Santani (name changed) has the unusual delusion of being a crow and his condition has baffled the doctors at the hospital. “In my entire practice, I have never seen anyone […]

Side effect: Use of antipsychotic drug tied to obesity

Obesity is a proven side effect of antipsychotic drugs. That’s the reason why a person before bariatric surgery is asked to get a fitness certificate by their psychiatrist. At least 30 per cent of patients treated for obesity also consume antipsychotic drugs. And it is a rising phenomenon across all the age groups, say experts

Side effect: Use of antipsychotic drug tied to obesitySince many years, Suresh Menon (name changed), a 22-year-old Andheri resident, is suffering from schizophrenia. But, when he came to a city clinic with a complaint of obesity, the doctors realise that the obesity could be a side effect of the antipsychotic drug which he had been consuming, since more than 5 years. “Not only […]

Why schizophrenia is increasing amongst youth?

Recently, an adolescent men suffering from schizophrenia attacked his father in Mumbai. His father is taking treatment at Rajawadi hospital. While his sister revealed that he is suffering from schizophrenia

Why schizophrenia is increasing amongst youth?Rohit Muzumdar, (name changed), a Mumbai resident was short tempered and often lost his cool. Owing to which, he was taken to the doctor by his family. That was the time when the doctors diagnosed him with schizophrenia. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Rohit suddenly attacked his father. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Vidya Thakur, Medical […]

Equal respect to the mentally ill, a reality in the state soon

Human rights are equal for all and should be kept that way. On the occasion of Erwadi Day in Pune, the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) put forth the fact that basic human rights should be granted to everyone, even those with a mental illness

Equal respect to the mentally ill, a reality in the state soonThe basic idea of human rights is the fact that they are not excusable; therefore these are rights that are granted by virtue of being ‘human’. On the occasion of Erwadi Day in Pune, the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) put forth the fact that basic human rights should be granted to everyone, even those with […]

Sign to appeal scrapping of GST on elderly care

With families and activists calling for scraping of 18% GST on residential/ non-residential or day care services for the elderly, an online petition, urges the PMO for the same

Sign to appeal scrapping of GST on elderly careMumbai based geriatric care activist now starts an online petition urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance minister Arun Jaitley to scrap 18%  Goods and Service Tax (GST) imposed on residential and non-residential, day care services for the elderly. My Medical Mantra on July 17 had reported how doctors and activists are up in arms […]

18 % GST on elderly care services unacceptable: Doctors, activists

Silver Innings, a Mumbai-based organisation working for senior citizens, wrote a letter to Prime Minister and Finance Minister asking them to reconsider the decision of levying 18 per cent GST on Residential or Non-Residential, Elder and Disable Care Service. Activists say that government should understand what these services entail and how important they are for the elderly and it will cause added cost burden on the families

18 % GST on elderly care services unacceptable: Doctors, activists  NGOs working for geriatric care in India have raised concern over the 18 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on residential, non-residential or elderly care centres. On Monday, one of the NGOs – Silver Innings, a Mumbai-based organisation working for senior citizens, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well […]