Family Reintegration of a Homeless Person with Schizophrenia: A Case Report

JOURNAL TITLE: Indian Journal of Private Psychiatry

1. Pradeep Kumar
2. Dolly Kumari
3. Ravi Parkash
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Author Affiliations
    1. University College of Medical Sciences (University of Delhi) and GTB Hospital, Delhi, India
    2. Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
    3. All India Institute of Medical Sciences Patna, Bihar, India
    4. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India
    1. Department of Psychology, State Institute of Mental Health, Pt. BD Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
    1. Department of Psychiatry, Pt. BD Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
  • Article keywords
    Community mental health services, Psychotic disorders, Rehabilitation


    Mental illness and homelessness are interlinked and constitute a vicious circle. Persons who are suffering from mental illness may get separated from their families because of their psychopathology or cognitive distortion. Sometimes they may not be able to recall their names and family residential address and wander away to faraway places. Being part of society is the key to having the important things in life that everyone wants. A person who is suffering from schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder also needs good health, relationships, food, shelter, and employment. With the help of new technology, like Google maps, and Aadhaar fingerprint, we can decrease the time spent for tracing the families of persons with mental illness and reintegrate the patients with their family members. Here, through this case study, an attempt has been made to discuss the efforts made and challenges faced concerning the reintegration of mentally ill persons with a special focus on enhancing social networks by using newer technology.

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