Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Story By: Parag Chaudhary
So, I was around 10 years old when my mother started blabbering to herself, remaining awake till late at night and sometimes screaming out of the window, because she was afraid that someone was trying to harm her.
She almost never did any of the house chores, but now she had also begun to throw utensils and sometimes she did the exact opposite of what she was asked to do.
People began giving us a lot of advice, as to how she might be spirited and asked us to do superstitious things like keep lemons in our house. We also started giving her some Ayurvedic medicines.
By the time, I got 13-14 years old, her condition worsened. A lot of times, she would go somewhere without informing us or would sit in one corner of the building.
On the other hand, my father blamed my mother and gave very little attention to her and her problems. He mostly kept to himself and his work in the office. He thought that she was deliberately doing this to trouble him, which further led to my mother being ignored.
For instance, if my mother would ever shout or howl, he, instead of reasoning her or pacifying her, would start shouting back at her.
Seeing things constantly deteriorate, my father along with my uncle decided to admit my mother to a mental hospital. This is when she was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. She began getting treated. She received medication and shock therapy. I loved my mother and I couldn’t see my parents fight anymore. In order to ebb the fights, I took responsibility for myself. I would clean the house and bring food from the market before my father came back home.
As I was growing up, I also began making efforts to explain my mother’s side to my father and educated him about her mental illness. I feel happy to say that with time he has become calmer.
Schizophrenia is a kind of disease that decreases with time on its own. The medication also helped her to some extent, but mostly it was love and care that made her heal with time. Also, when she saw us making efforts for her, she began making efforts to cure herself as well.
My mother was tagged as a psychic, by people around her. I feel that people who grow up in difficult situations, tend to feel more for other people. My experiences in life have taught me to see the reason why anyone behaves in a particular way because there is always a reason behind every action.