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Tag: Mental illness

  • Ministry of Health we with mental ill-health need Risperidone begs Elwor Adelaide

    Ministry of Health we with mental ill-health need Risperidone begs Elwor Adelaide

    So, yesterday (25th June 2021) I visited the mental hospital, like I do every two months for review on how far I have got with dealing with bipolar depression. “Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood. Symptoms can include an extremely elevated mood called mania. They can also include episodes […]

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  • Africa Retreat Centre on Desire Karakire

    Africa Retreat Centre on Desire Karakire

    Dear Desire, While we have not met in person and while I learnt of your suffering through social media, I am really glad I chose not to ignore your story. My tiny little bit of AMPLIFYING YOUR VOICE by publishing your story on the website of the organisation for which I am Managing Director seems […]

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  • Letter to a Mental Health Advocate

    Letter to a Mental Health Advocate

    Photo credit: Real Health Blog Dear Desire, Your desire is to positively influence the Uganda law on mental health, so that no one goes through a “mental health rehab from hell” as you did. You wrote: “I want to use my story and my grievances to change the law on mental health, cause the law […]

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  • Mentally Ill and Poor in Uganda

    Mentally Ill and Poor in Uganda

    It is estimated that 35 percent (over 11.5 million) Ugandans get mental illness. Beyond the statistics, what is the really ordeal of the millions mentally ill Ugandans? In this post, we share a glimpse, through our Managing Director’s, encounter with one such mentally ill person in the city. An encounter which she first shared on […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab from Hell – ePDF

    Mental Health Rehab from Hell – ePDF

    This is the testimony of Desire Lavigne Karakire, which, in her own words, she shared because: “I want to use my story and my grievances to change the law on mental health, cause the law to change, or to create the law if currently a vacuum is what has allowed for impunity like this to […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part V

    Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part V

    Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire’s testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 After my Counsellor Martin Githaiga sexually violated me, physically assaulted me, and intimidated me to not pursue the charges described in the previous parts of my testimony by ransoming my journalistic notes, he was neither fired nor suspended. Between the time […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part IV

    Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part IV

    Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire’s testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 We remained locked up for extended periods against our will, up to five or six months for some patients. If one acted out or became too vocal about their rights and the rights of others, they were threatened with extended stays […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab From Hell – PART III

    Mental Health Rehab From Hell – PART III

    Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire’s testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 A part-time Psychiatrist visited African Retreat Centre (ARC) once a week on Wednesdays from Butabika Hospital, stayed for two hours from three o’clock to five o’clock, spending only about ten minutes on each patient, leaving many unseen for several weeks. She […]

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  • Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part II

    Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part II

    Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire’s testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 I wasn’t given medical attention then (while incarcerated at the Africa Retreat Center (ARC), I attempted suicide and swallowed glass), and three weeks later when I began to bleed from the rectum with every bowel movement, I wasn’t allowed to see […]

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