Mental Hospital Patients; Is There a Hope for Them to Become Normal Again?

Philippines
December 15, 2006 1:58am CST
When a person gets mentally incapacitated/retarded, his family or the people closest to him are advised to send him to the mental hospital for him to be treated. I was just wondering how they are treated there. How could they become normal if the people they mingle with everyday are not okay, mentally. I have not yet visited a mental hospital. I don't have a clue on how is the environment there. But I have an idea that it is hard for the patients to recover since they are with their co-patients. I do not know if they have a chance to be declared as normal people and eventually set them free from the said hospital. I have not heard a news about a patient who was released from a mental hospital by virtue of his treatment. In my opinion, the family of those unfortunate people should just take care of them at home instead of sending them to a mental hospital. In that way they can still make them feel loved. And they can watch over them. Moreover, they are still part of the family. It's just my opinion, I have nothing against mental hospitals.
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22 responses
• United States
16 Dec 06
some people are sent to mental hospitals because they are severally depressed and want to hurt themselves.and i believe people who go to mental hospitals are able to get cured i visited one once and it is like a big sitting room and off of that there are rooms kinda like a hospital but alot nicer and the people that stay there do activities like crafts and things and they have to go to group meeting on a daily basis.
@akunuri (457)
• India
15 Dec 06
its very hard to take care of a mentally retarded person.its very exhausting and a full time job and the stress can make u snap at that perso which is not fair.putting them in a rehabilitation centre is better as they r taught basic things like washing after toilet, eating without spilling etc.now-a-days thru rehab such persons r able to run PCO's.but the family should stand by them and offer all the love and support.
@deeeky (3669)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
16 Dec 06
I agree that the family SHOULD take more responsibility to care but with so many commitments that everyone has with thier own life it is a hard thing to do. Once you are committed to caring for a relative your own life stays on hold because it is a full time job. That is why care homes are full all the time.
• Bangladesh
16 Dec 06
Well, I think it's better to keep a mentally illed person at home if his stay does not causes any harm to oter family member.But if the person's condition or behaviour becomes very aggressive, which becomes like a threat to other family member, then he should be transferred to a mental hospital. By the way thanks for raising a good question.
@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
16 Dec 06
If it was my child or a family member close to me, I would take care of them myself. Everyone needs hope!
@babray06 (1787)
• India
16 Dec 06
Dear freind, you live in a nice place and you are a nice man also (man with a heart). I started my reply with those words because I have also felt the same for mental patients. I cannot resist myself from crying when I see them. I have always wondered about whether even one of them returns home after being cured. Personally I know two patients who have been partiallly cured and in both the cases they stayed with the family. They may be cared by the hospitals but they also need love from their family members. If they are allowed to stay back at home then I personally feel that there is a better chance of recovery because they are among the same set of people who was with them before the mental illness. Thus the memory may be active again.
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
16 Dec 06
mental institution - mental facility
i had been to a mental institution. well, i am not one of the patients though. lol. but i've accompanied a friend who needs to bring her aunt to the institution for a regular check up. i've seen their situation. mostly, here in the philippines, mental hospitals here only accept patients for a long stay if they have uncontrollable destructive behaviors. i've seen how they've been take cared of. and i can say that the staff in that institution i've been to are really patient and they do give enough care for the patients. i am not sure though if there were patients released. but i think so with the kind of care they offer their patients.
@terita (280)
• Pakistan
16 Dec 06
It really depends on the situation. You can't group them all together and say they'd be better at home. In many cases, these patients can hurt themselves and/or others too easily by being at home. People have to work, can't stay with them all the time. There are so many reasons for and against either way
@pr_milu (455)
• India
16 Dec 06
Ya I agree with u...
@froogle (776)
16 Dec 06
It is not their fault that they are mentally retarded. So no point hating them. Just shower our love upon them.. That is the best treatment they can get.
• United States
16 Dec 06
For the most part 'mental hospitals' today are for diagnosis and treatment,they are not long term facilities as they once were. Treatment can consist of teaching living skills to the mentally challenged, locating group or supervised homes for them if they do not have family to return to or if it is deemed 'better' for them to live outside the home. Most the mentally ill are treated with medications often successfully to the point they are employable and able to live on their own. Most families are not equipped to deal with either the mentally ill or severely retarded. Caretaking can be over whelming for them, interfering with employment, social contact and even with emotional issues. Some mentally ill or retarded persons need 24 hour care. They wander the house, leave, get lost...family often can't provide such care, and if they try they end up harming themselves and allowing by exhaustion to allow the one who needs such care to harm themselves. There are a great many mentally ill people and mentally challenged who lead productive lives, work, social interaction, living life as close to 'normal' as possible. There are many who are institutionalized who receive visits and feel loved. The staff in most of these hospitals are trained not only to take care of the clients, but have compassion and love for them. It doesn't matter where one lives when it comes to being part of a family. That is in the hearts of them all.
@luckyabu (336)
• India
16 Dec 06
Brain - The organ which mental patients are attacked.
Hello. Mentally unstable patients are very difficult to takecare. They need special medical care and observation. Many of them get cured. People become mentally unstable due to situations or sudden bad news. Some even due to good news/excitement. Most of them get cured if they recover well. I disagree that they should not be sent to mental hospital and kept home. If someone really loves the mentally unstable person, he/she should be sent, coz if they really love them they cant stand them to be abnormal. This is just my view.
@alchemistrx (2584)
• Philippines
16 Dec 06
During my high school field trips,we were able to visit a mental institution.We were able to take a peek only.There I saw mentally-ill patients walking, sitting, talking to themselves.I sometime heard someone shouting.They were all dressed in white.I felt a little bit scared and pity.Nurses are there to care of them.
@coolcager (497)
• Costa Rica
16 Dec 06
Yes there is. just let them relax get a treatment. spend money just to make him/her come back to normal again. and dont let him/her get angry because it will come back again. Always make him/her happy and never ever let him/her be depress or lonely anytime. always cheer them up. they will return to normal. and it depends how worst they are.
• United States
16 Dec 06
If they have a temporary/recoverable issue (due to injury or illness), they might be able to rehab and leave the institution they are in. I've personally known people who have been in and out of hospitals and group homes. Mental hospitals are a short term solution and are only long term for those too severely affected to function in a group home setting. Like the other person mentioned, caring for the mentally ill/handicapped can be terribly rough on the family. Depending on other underlying health issues, it's completely possible that they would not be qualified to properly care for their relative. Also, as the parents of that person age they may not be physically able to care for their relative as they once were able to. The same goes true for elderly peoples in nursing homes. Some are just their for rehab after falling and breaking a hip or after having a stroke. Some long term patients are there because their health is slipping away and they have no chance for recovery. Others are unfortunately there because they have no family to help care for them. Even worse off are the ones who are basically throw aways. Maybe they could live at home with some assistance but their family refuses to help for one reason or another and admits them to a home and rarely (or never) visits.
@Kylalynn (1773)
• South Africa
16 Dec 06
Some people cannot be taken care of in their own homes and are therefore much better in a mental hospital. Other patients have forgotten all about there own families. And then there is an aggrssive patient. The hospitals have all the qualified staff to handle all the differnt ailments. Families can visit as often as they like.
• Nigeria
16 Dec 06
well sometimes its hard to think that these people will get to be normal but i do believe everything lies in GOD's hands so we just can pray and hope
@ondo1015 (1885)
• Philippines
16 Dec 06
Maybe some are mentally ill by their recent situation can be cured, in my opinion. But when you say an inborn abnormality , it's so hard to cure them. It's only god can cure them.
@pclloh (249)
• Brazil
16 Dec 06
Unfortunately i think that isnĀ“t way for this kinda of pacient
• United States
16 Dec 06
I personally feel that once someone has a mental problem, they may appear on the outside to be "Normal" and may go through everyday seemingly normal, even to themselves. But once the seed is inside of you, deep inside, it is there forever and becomes part of you.
@missjackie (1328)
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
16 Dec 06
Since when were mental unstable people NOT normal? Actually, define "normal"? Just because it is abnormal to you, doesn't mean it's abnormal to someone else. Mentally unstable people are people just like you. Except they do not have the mental capability to take care of themselves like you do.