TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY

Towards Recovery

Hira and Asif
Hira and Asif were extremely talented artists. Due to difficult home environment and socio-economic pressure they were unable to turn their dreams into reality.

Hira, the youngest in her family, was diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder. After the death of her father and the marriage of her siblings she felt she was alone and became extremely fearfull. Asif being the elder son of the household was under a lot of pressure too. He was sent to Karachi from interior Sindh in search of a job. He could not cope up with the pressure and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Both Hira and Asif were brought to Karwan-e-Hayat where they were given psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation services absolutely free of cost. Alhamdulillah, they have stabilized and found work in a textile mill. They are also pursuing their painting skills and recently participated in an art exhibition in Karachi, with the help of Karwan-e-Hayat.

Abdullah
Abdullah is a 44 years old single male who used to work in a bank. He developed psychiatric problems while he was still employed. He was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Due to his illness he was unable to continue working and he sought treatment in different hospitals in Karachi. But, his condition worsened over a period of time.

Three years ago, his family brought him to Karwan-e-Hayat for treatment where he he was hospitalized. Initially he was stabilized with medication. He then began the process of rehabilititation in Day Care where psychotherapy and other interventions such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) were initiated by his therapist. His family members were then involved in his treatment through family psycho-education, which taught them how to help him towards normalization.

After completing the two-steps recovery program he was enrolled in a skill building program which is the third step of the recovery phase. Computer skill was identified as his major strength and he was motivated to take computer courses. With continuous effort and his willingness, he was able to complete basic computer courses successfully. He also did advanced courses in Information Technology.

At the same time, he was again encouraged to apply for a job so he could start earning to support his family. Abdullah is registered in Karwan’s Rehabilitation Program and receives regular psychotherapy and counselling along with periodic psychiatric check-ups which helps in the smooth functioning of his life.

Abida
For some years Abida successfully fought Borderline Disorder that had engulfed her life since adulthood. Due to family issues, she had been suffering from depression since the age of 20. She used to have severe migraine headaches along with episodes of depression, fear, panic and obsessive behaviour which she vented out in destructive ways. It was in her 20’s that her burnout occurred. At the same time, her family was stuck in financial crisis which made her even more depressed. Her panic attacks increased and depression was pushed into every corner of her existence and her life became hell.

She became violent at times and started breaking things in the house. She had conflicts with her siblings who often used to criticize her. In response to her condition, she was encouraged by her family to consult a psychiatrist. She was brought by her family to Karwan-e-Hayat and was admitted for treatment. With the help of medications and psychotherapy she began feeling better. In Psychiatric rehabilitation she was able to significantly improve the quality of her life.

While in rehabilitation, she learned about her illness and what triggers an attack. Identifying triggers can prevent relapse. With time, her symptoms started to come under control. Abida has developed insight and motivation to fight against her illness and she has now become quite skilled in managing her symptoms through cognitive therapy which gave her the coping skills to prevent a major outbreak of her illness.

She is leading a happy life with her family now with regular follow ups and treatment.

Nazia
“I am 45 years old and have a Bachelor’s degree. I was a victim of child abuse but I never told anyone of that unspeakable episode. Instead, I went on living with suppressed terror and went about completing my studies with the feeling of depression gnawing at me.

My parents got me married after my graduation but the terrifying feeling of oppression debilitated my life, and I was unable to accept my husband or look after my child. My husband soon divorced me. Back at my mother’s place I would remain in a state of depression with anxiety my constant follower. Soon my parents found another man for me and got me re-married. I remained wretched even with my second husband, unable to give or receive love. He too divorced me, leaving me even more depressed and with the added stigma of mental insanity and two divorces.

I was eventually admitted to Karwan-e-Hayat where my treatment started immediately and I began going to their rehabilitation program regularly. Just knowing that my feeling of depression was treatable was like a blessing from heaven. I eventually understood my sickness and became equipped through therapy and medication to deal with it. I even attended vocational training at Karwan-e-Hayat and am now working as a beautician.

I feel so blessed that not only am I living a happy life, but I have become productive and earning my living as well. I am immensely thankful for the treatment given to me at Karwan-e-Hayat, especially their rehabilitation program, which turned my life around.”

Asad
Asad Naveed is a 27-year old male and an engineer by profession. His family brought him to Karwan-e-Hayat with complaints of aggression, hallucinations and delusions. He was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and is getting treatment for the last 7 months. He recalls “It was awful. I used to hear voices in my head and see things I couldn’t understand. This caused me to suffer greatly. I was unable to work, study or even have a normal relationship with my family.” He was initially hospitalized at PCRC. In addition to medications, he was assessed psychologically, given psychotherapy and then enrolled for Day-care activities. After his symptoms were managed successfully, he became a part of KeH’s sheltered employment in which he works as a facilitator at the rehabilitation unit and helps others to learn new skills. Asad states, “I know exactly how these people feel. I was like that too, that is why I find this work so rewarding. I am extremely grateful to Karwan for the opportunities they have provided, as because of them, people like me have a chance to live a normal life.”
Farhana
“I am 45 years old and have a Bachelor’s degree. I was a victim of child abuse but I never told anyone of that unspeakable episode. Instead, I went on living with suppressed terror and went about completing my studies with the feeling of depression gnawing at me. My parents got me married after my graduation but the terrifying feeling of oppression debilitated my life and I was unable to accept my husband or look after my child. My husband soon divorced me. Back at my mother’s place I would remain in a state of depression with anxiety, my constant follower. Soon my parents found another man for me and got me re-married. I remained wretched even with my second husband, unable to give or receive love. He too divorced me, leaving me even more depressed and with the added stigma of mental insanity and two divorces. I was eventually admitted to Karwan-e-Hayat where my treatment began immediately and I began going to their rehab clinic regularly. Just knowing that my feeling of depression was treatable was like a blessing from heaven. I eventually understood my sickness and became equipped through therapy and medication to deal with it. I even attended vocational training at Karwan-e-Hayat and am now working as a beautician. I feel so blessed that I am not only living a happy life, I am being productive and earning as well. I am immensely thankful for the treatment given to me at KeH especially their rehab clinic which turned my life around.”