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Psychological problems still a big challenge in our society

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  • Post published:मार्च 4, 2020
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A child is world for a mother. She goes beyond every limitation to save the child. But what happens to a child when a mother denies the child’s existence.
An abandoned woman was found in the street of Sindhupalchowk by Helambu Women Network. She was found in rugged clothes, shivering in cold, and covered with wounds. The organization informed KOSHISH and the outreach workers of KOSHISH rescued and brought her into transit care service center.
The caregivers at transit home cleaned her and the nurses treated her wounds. When the staffs at transit home asked her name she was unknown about it, in fact she was unable to speak Nepali properly. During interaction, the staffs guessed she might be from India. The staffs at transit home named her Indrawati. As per the physical examination it was found that she was pregnant. When she was asked about her pregnancy she was unaware about it. The outreach worker investigated with the people nearby where she was found and came to know that she has been roaming there from 5-6 months. She was a victim of rape.  
In transit home, she was diagnosed with Psychosis NoS and provided medication accordingly. With the regular medication and care from the staffs of transit care center, her mental health state is improving gradually.  In between, she gave birth to a baby girl in January 28, 2020. In the beginning she showed no interest towards her daughter, she denied looking after her saying that “She is not my child, why are you all forcing me to feed her. I don’t want to look at her.” Slowly now she is attentive towards the child and also breast feeds her but still she don’t like to take care of the child. She ignores the child as far as possible.  
As she is not able to speak Nepali properly and is unable to specify her home address, it would be a great challenge during reintegration. However, KOSHISH is cooperating with Helambu Women Network to find out her family. For instant, staffs of transit home are taking care of both mother and child. Realizing her post natal period, she is provided with nutritious food in the transit home.
This is a representative case which explains how women with mental health problems landed on street, sexually harassed and stigmatized in the community. There is still a challenge in her reintegration after recovery and a big question mark in the identity of the child. She was fortunate that the organization knew about her in time and recommended for mental health services but there are many more out there deprived of these services. It is the responsibility of all the concerned government officials to increase the response mechanism and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems in the society.