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Over 3,00,00,000 Indians are mentally ill! 
Schizophrenia is a severe and complex mental illness wherein the patient loses the ability to think, feel or behave in a normal way
Of the three crore mentally ill Indians, over 70 lakh suffer from schizophrenia. The best approach to treating this disorder comprises medical treatment, psychotherapy and social rehabilitation, doctors say.

Dr. R. Thara, director of the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), an NGO in Chennai working in the field of schizophrenia care and research since 1984. Apart from SCARF, there are no other organisations in the country dealing exclusively with schizophrenia. "There are only about 4,000 psychiatrists and not enough hospital beds to treat such people. That is why the focus now is on community care," Dr. Thara says.

"There are only 20,000 psychiatric beds (half of these are occupied by long stay patients) in mental hospitals and another 5,000 in general hospitals. The number of rehabilitation facilities are insignificant", Dr. Murthy says. "By the best estimate, less than 10 per cent of those needing care are getting professional care.
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