“With each passing day when I see Suresh getting closer to death, I cannot be strong anymore. Being a mother and see your son suffer so much, is indeed a torture. I try to hold back my emotions, but at times, I give up too”, says 76-year-old Saraswati.
The emotional struggle the family is undergoingT.V.Suresh has been suffering from the bipolar disease for the last 13 years. Bipolar disease is a brain disorder also known as manic-depressive illness that causes extreme shifts in mood ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
“In 2002, Suresh used to work in a private company in Chennai. He was doing great until one day we found him back home with all his luggage. For the next 6 months, his favorite thing to do was sleep, eat and listen to music. As an elder brother, I advised him every time I saw him sleeping during odd hours. But nothing helped much. Suresh would take strolls in the middle of the night, he had significantly elevated mood and behaved either abnormally energetic or irritable”, says Selvam.
We moved from one hospital to the other for better treatmentThe concerned family rushed to CMC Vellore in 2004 for the immediate treatment. Within a couple of weeks, Suresh was diagnosed to be a bipolar patient. After 2 months of stay at the hospital, he was shifted to NIMHANS, Bangalore. The treatment here continued for almost 2-3 years.
“I still wonder, why did it happen to my son? Was the loneliness got to him so much? Or was he going through some trauma that affected him tremendously? I was staying with Suresh in the hospital for all these years. And when I had to treat him like a 2-year-old kid, I had nothing more than tears in my eyes. I wanted to ask the doctors at NIMHANS, but when they gave me hope that with medications, Suresh would be alright, I could not ask for anything more”, says the weeping mother.
Currently, Suresh is getting treated at Brahma Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre, in Tamil Nadu. He is a live-in patient; meaning he will get treated for his lifetime - the center will provide shelter, food, and medicines until his death. A normal day at the Centre looks like this
It begins withearly morning walk, yoga, breakfast, some outdoor activities, lunch, afternoon nap, outdoor games and dinner at 7 pm. Although he wants to go back home, his family members are little reluctant about it. Suresh becomes extremely childish at home. He never takes his meal on time and sleeps as late as 1 am.
How you can helpFor a decade, Selvam has spent almost more than 20 lakhs for the treatment of Suresh. Selvam earns 40000 monthly out of which half is spent on the treatment. He has been struggling and needs our support to continue his treatment.
Your contribution can help Suresh manage his condition amongst people who understand it, and live his life with his dignity intact.
The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.
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