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INDIRA HEALTH HOME - TREATING THE PSYCHIATRICLLY ILL
Mentally ill and chemically addicted people can lead a normal life if proper medical care is given at right time. Indira Health Home is a blessing to such people, where they get a new lease of life. Headed by Dr. Purnima A Nagaraja, the hospital is located in the serene surroundings of the Banjara Hills. Dr. Purnima's parents late Dr. A. Nagaraja and late Dr. Jaya Nagaraja, eminent psychiatrists of international fame of their time, founded the hospital in 1968. Dr. Purnima says, "When my parents started this hospital, it was the first of its kind in the State and in South India offering specialised care to the psychiatrically ill." Following the footsteps of her parents Mrs. Purnima did her Diplomate in Psychiatry Fellowship and M.S. in Counselling and Psychotherapy after the MBBS. She got trained for five years in England in various hospitals before taking over the reigns of the Indira Health Home.

The hospital offers residential, non-residential, and "halfway home" treatment facility to psychologically disturbed patients. It also conducts outpatient clinic 6 days a week. "We have facilities of the taking care of acute and chronically ill patients, too. Our inpatient section has separate wards for male and female and equipped with a total of 25 beds. Separate accommodation will be provided for the violent patients", added Dr. Purnima, explaining the facilities of the hospital. Psychotherapy, Pharmacotherapy, Behaviour therapy, Marital and Sex therapy, Stress Management and other somatic therapies are the some of the specialised treatments available at the Indira Health Home.

For the speedy cure of the patients the hospital provides several recreational facilities like indoor and outdoor games, library and television. Apart from the regular therapies patients can attend Yoga and Meditation classes regularly held in the hospital premises.

The hospital also runs a drug addiction and alcohol abuse treatment centre. This section of the hospital specially caters to the chemically dependent. "Addiction to alcohol generally starts with social drinking or peer pleasure. The addicts may come back to normal life if properly motivated. Our de-addiction treatment centre offers 30days treatment sessions, which includes detoxification, family counselling, motivational therapy and individual psychotherapy. More than 600 patients have successfully undergone treatment from this centre and are now leading normal and productive lives", said Dr. Purnima.

Address: Indira Health Home, 119, Road No. 5, Near TWINS, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-500 034 Phone: 335 4765
E-mail: purnimanagaraja@yahoo.com
- Mohan G Jagan
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