Gurgaon/New Delhi: A 55-year-old man from Gurgaon did not interact with anyone for 15 years apart from the one day every month he stepped out of his house to withdraw money from the bank and pick up groceries. Due to delusions he claimed he was a US intelligence agent and told some people he personally knew former president George Bush.The patient of schizophrenia - a psychotic illness - frequently claimed he could control the world`s nukes.Help came his way only when his US-based sister arrived in India and, with police help, took him to a counsellor who diagnosed him to be suffering from schizophrenia in which a person develops a split personality may not be able to distinguish his own thoughts and ideas from reality.Psychiatrist Ruchi Sharma said most patients or their family members refused to believe that there was something wrong with the patient`s brain. "Many people try to look for alternative therapies to cure their loved ones," she said.In the Gurgaon patient`s case, the counsellors "spent a lot of time and energy to get him back to normal. He is now living with his sister in the US," Sharma told IANS.
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