Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians

by Cambodia Transcultural Psychosocial Organization
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Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
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Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians
Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians

A 32-year-old woman was chained and left under an unoccupied old house, without wall and lying on a piece of board with old clothes, and ignoring the presence of the therapists. She speaks alone, and she has less insight.

She has been suffering from mental illness since 2013 and at that time she was referred to Kampong Cham Provincial Hospital with the support for medical and travel expenses by a humanitarian NGO. After recovering for several months, she relapsed and walked out and was sexually abused several times. For her safety and prevention from abuse, her father decided to chain her because she went out and was raped and she had four children by abusers. The first, second and third children are being adopted. Currently, her father, a widower, is looking after her and her fourth child, who was just 9 months old.

The district team in charge of women's and children's affairs asked TPO to provide treatment for her mental illness. When the treatment team arrived and then made assessment for making diagnosis and prescribing medicine. The treatment team also did psycho-education on psychosis, causes and effective treatment to villagers and relatives, and help them change their negative attitudes toward patient and provide support to patient and her family.

Her neighbors and relatives gave her food and her father looked after her. She also received support from partner organizations and district-level women's affairs officials such as money, materials and food, as well as receiving fund from the government for the poor during Covid-19 epidemic.

After receiving treatment from TPO for 10 months, the patient recovered and she was communicable. She gained more insight and knew her baby and expressed love for him. She was unchained by her family. The living conditions of her family are better because the father can go out to work to earn extra income as well to grow crops and to raise animals, which is also supported by the partner organization.

Patients can take care of herself and can take care of her baby, and could do housework such as: bathing, washing clothes, washing dishes, and cooking. Her family was happy and excited to see her better condition and able to take care of herself and raise chickens, ducks, grow vegetables, take care of her baby and want to do small business for a living.

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After receiving information on Facebook, requested for help, the TPO team reached to the patient's home. When walking in about 10 meters away, a young woman screamed and threw objects at TPO therapists.

The female patient, 32 years, is a daughter of widow and lives in poverty under the veranda of a relative’s house. The mother works as a seller for children at public primary school for earning very small income to pay for medicine fee at private doctor in neighboring district. Patient’s mother said her daughter is a good person, diligent in learning and also a source of support for her in old age. But everything turned out to be hopeless after her daughter became seriously mentally ill.

The patient has been suffering from mental illness for 10 years and she was referred to mental health of public hospital in Phnom Penh and many traditional healers, but did not get better and then her mother felt hopeless to be relieved. In the last three years, her daughter's illness has worsened, and she has been violent, beating her mother and anyone who comes near her.

For preventing everyone safely, her mother decided to lock up or chain her with the cooperation of local authorities and neighboring villagers. She was chained for three years.

At the first session, the patient was unable to communicate. She does not sleep, shouts, curses, no insight, talk alone, no longer knows his mother, and paranoid.

After receiving treatment for three months, the patient was better from signs and symptoms of psychosis, then her mother decided to unchain her. Meanwhile, the provincial authorities built the house for this family with donation of land from his relatives as well issued legal letter for house possession.

The patient’s mother thanked TPO and individuals who donate to TPO for providing treatment for mentally ill patients who are chained or locked up, giving her family life new hope.

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A man, 30 years, sitting alone on the pitiable bed under an abandoned house with no cover. He is strong and energized, with both legs were chained and attached to the pillar of the house. His mother decided to lock him up by chain because she concerned about the dangers caused by his violent behavior. He has been chained for five months ago.

When you look at a behind side of the house, we see a small room that is constructing almost finished. The shocking news is that this room was donated by relatives to build this room for lock him up.

He had a serious mental illness more than three years ago after a motorcycle accident. His initial signs and symptoms include ran away, red eyes, poor insight, talking alone, poor sleeping, headache, waving his head, laugh without reason, restless behavior and holding a stick in his hand.

At that time, he pulled his mother to crash the car for being died together. Meanwhile his mother took him to the provincial hospital and some traditional healers, but did not recover. His family felt hopeless for recovery and has no alternative besides they locked him up for safety.

The villagers were terrified of his aggressive behavior because he had a stick in his hand. Finally, the mother decides to chain him with the support from her neighbors.

After he has received treatment from TPO operation unchain project for 16 months, he recovered, and his mother and villagers decided to release him during the traditional Khmer New Year.

The villagers no longer feel afraid of him and express their joy for his recovery. His mother expressed her gratitude to TPO that helped her son recover from his mental health condition and she thanked generous individuals who donate for the mission to save mentally ill patients who are locked up or chained.

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A young man, 26 years, has been chained in the dark room of the house. He is the youngest son in the family. He finished 1st year university and then gave up because of his addiction problem.

During 5-year addiction, he stole his chicken raised by his family, money and other properties for buying Amphetamine, and stole neighbors’ properties. Then his family sent him to a center, Drug Addict Relief Treatment-Education Training Association (DTA), in the city for drug detoxification for 3 months.

He was sent back home and he still used Amphetamine. Meanwhile his initial signs and symptoms consisted of talking alone, laughing without reason, committing violence, poor insight, hearing voice, no sleeping. His mother was injured by his aggressive behaviors. Meanwhile he was sent to see some doctors and traditional healers, but no improvement.  Then his family requested commune police to arrest and chain him in the dark room for 2 years for preventing from his harmful behavior. His family felt hopeless for recovery.

After TPO staff shared information on TV Live show program about Operation Unchained Project, the commune police contacted and reported about this case to TPO. Psychiatrist made assessment and prescribed medicine and psychologist did awareness raising with local authority and villagers about effective treatment for mental disorders and an importance of their participation in treatment process.

After getting the treatment for 7 months, he was better and asked his mother to release him. His family said that they are very excited because they have never expected for his recovery. They considered TPO like God that come to save his life. They thanked all individuals who donate to TPO for helping people who are chained or locked up.    

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A man, 35 years, lives in Svay Rieng province. He was a youngest child in his family. His one hand was chained to a pillar and his one leg was chained to another pillar of abandoned cottage.

He was so skinny because of having not enough care from his family, and not enough food. He was a student at university, could speak English and French. While he was sick with psychosis, he was referred to get medical treatment, then he was better. After that he relapsed and sent to hospital again, but was not better. His family felt hopeless for recovery and he was very aggressive, and harmful. Then family members decided to chain him for safety. He was chained for 17 years.

While TPO mobile team approached him, he can’t communicate and has no insight. TPO therapists prescribed medication for treatment and also worked with his family and his neighbors for raising psycho-awareness for seeking the support for him. It’s very challenged because he had conflict with his older sister who is a caregiver. He didn’t get proper care from his sister, this issue made recovery very slow.

This case was spent for almost 4 years of treatment for recovery. Now he is better and his family released him and integrated him into the family.

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Cambodia Transcultural Psychosocial Organization

Location: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
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Leap Sang
Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh Cambodia
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