Azera Shah, aged 35 years, does not remember the last time she attended a party. She cannot recognise any of her relatives and is not allowed to accompany her family to any functions. A resident of Sahiwal city in Punjab, Pakistan, Shah starts her day with few household chores and then freely roams in nearby streets until sunset. “My mother says that, like any other physical disability, I have this mental illness”, she says with a giggle. “I have been told there is no remedy for it. One has to live and die with it.”

Read full feature in The Lancet Psychiatry

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