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Creativity and mental health: A profile of writers and musicians
KS Pavitra, CR Chandrashekar, Partha Choudhury
January-March 2007, 49(1):34-43
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31516  PMID:20640063
Creativity and its link with mental health have always been much speculated about. However there have been a handful of methodologically sound studies to clearly establish the relationship between creativity and mental health. The objective of the study therefore was to examine the psychiatric morbidity stress profile, coping skills and personality profile in creative versus non-creative populations. Forty writers, 40 musicians and 40 controls chosen after randomization, who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria constituted the sample of the study. All the subjects were administered GHQ-28; SCAN for all GHQ positives (and 10% of GHQ-ves), Perceived stress scale and coping check list and NEO-FFI. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS 11.0 version. Pearson's correlation, Chi-square and ANOVA one-way tests were used. The present study corroborated the findings of earlier studies in 70's and 80's that there was no difference between creative and non-creative groups in terms of mental illness and stress profile. The writers differed significantly from the other two groups on religious and faith domain of coping skills. The two creative groups had similar personality characteristics and scored significantly high on all dimensions compared to the non-creative group.
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Abstracts of 59th Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society
Indian Psychiatric Society
January-March 2007, 49(5):1-60
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Suicide and its prevention: The urgent need in India
Lakshmi Vijaykumar
April-June 2007, 49(2):81-84
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.33252  PMID:20711387
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Vajikarana: Treatment of sexual dysfunctions based on Indian concepts
PK Dalal, Adarsh Tripathi, SK Gupta
January 2013, 55(6):273-276
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.105550  PMID:23858267
Vajikarana or Vrishya chikitsa is a one of eight major specialty of the Ashtanga Ayurveda. This subject is concerned with aphrodisiacs, virility and improving health of progeny. As per Charak Samhita, by proper use of these formulations, one becomes endowed with good physique, potency, strength, and complexion and sexually exhilarated and sexually potent. This in turn is helpful in many common sexual dysfunctions, including Infertility, Premature Ejaculation and Erectile dysfunction. The therapy is preceded by living in strict compliance with the directions mentioned in Ayurvedic classics, various methods of body cleansing and other non-medicinal strategies like sexual health promoting conduct, behavior and diet. Certain individualized herbal and herbo-mineral combinations are administered as per the nature of a person according to the Ayurveda. Many limitations need to be considered before considering the use of theses therapy like lack of scientific studies, possibilities of adulteration in the herbal and herbo-mineral combinations available in market and possibilities of unexpected side-effects etc., The article calls upon initiating research in this area so that claims of ancient Ayurvedic texts could be substantiated and vajikaran therapy may be utilized by modern medicine.
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Farmers' suicide in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra state: A myth or reality?
PB Behere, AP Behere
April-June 2008, 50(2):124-127
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.42401  PMID:19742218
Incidence of farmers ending their lives in Vidarbha region had hit epidemic proportions recently. We adopted the psychological autopsy approach to offer some insight into the reason why these individuals resorted to such a drastic step. Suicide in farmers is public health problem and we suggested some immediate and serious interventions to prevent suicide.
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The limbic system
V RajMohan, E Mohandas
April-June 2007, 49(2):132-139
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.33264  PMID:20711399
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Indian marriage laws and mental disorders: Is it necessary to amend the legal provisions?
Choudhary Laxmi Narayan, Mridula Narayan, Deep Shikha, Shivendra Shekhar
October-December 2015, 57(4):341-344
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.171836  PMID:26816420
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Institute of mental health and hospital, Agra: Evolution in 150 years
Sudhir Kumar, Rakesh Kumar
October-December 2008, 50(4):308-312
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.44759  PMID:19823622
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National mental health survey of India 2015–2016
R Srinivasa Murthy
January-March 2017, 59(1):21-26
DOI:10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_102_17  PMID:28529357
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Understanding nutrition, depression and mental illnesses
TS Sathyanarayana Rao, MR Asha, BN Ramesh, KS Jagannatha Rao
April-June 2008, 50(2):77-82
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.42391  PMID:19742217
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How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentation
Chittaranjan Andrade
April-June 2011, 53(2):172-175
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.82558  PMID:21772657
Abstracts of scientific papers are sometimes poorly written, often lack important information, and occasionally convey a biased picture. This paper provides detailed suggestions, with examples, for writing the background, methods, results, and conclusions sections of a good abstract. The primary target of this paper is the young researcher; however, authors with all levels of experience may find useful ideas in the paper.
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The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud
TS Sathyanarayana Rao, Chittaranjan Andrade
April-June 2011, 53(2):95-96
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.82529  PMID:21772639
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Substance dependence: Decades apart in a teaching hospital
J Venkatesan, Stelina S.D Suresh
April-June 2008, 50(2):100-105
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.42396  PMID:19742216
Aim: The present study was done to understand the changing trends in substance dependence across decades. Settings and Design: It is a retrospective study done in Department of Psychiatry in a Teaching Hospital setting. The data of patients who attended the OPD for substance dependence during the months January to December in the years 1985 & 1986, 1995 & 1996 and 2005 & 2006 were collected and analysed. Materials and Methods: A total of 839 new patients with substance dependence identified according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD) (n = 839) was analysed in the present report. Study variables taken into account are alcohol dependence, polysubstance dependence which also includes alcohol, age, sex, age of initiation of substance use, duration of use, and comorbidity. Statistical Analysis: Z -test, Chi-square test, mean, percentages, standard deviation. Results: Substance dependence constituted 5.32% in 1985 and 1986, 5.02% in 1995 and 1996, and 4.05% in 2005 and 2006 of the newly registered total psychiatric patients. The variation in incidence figures across the years is statistically not significant ( P > 0.05). Among the substance dependents 2% in 1985 & 1986, 1% in 1995 & 1996 and 1% in 2005 & 2006 were females. Majority of the patients were alcohol dependent (87.2% in 1985 and 1986, 89.4% in 1995 and 1996, and 79.6% in 2005 and 2006). Polysubstance dependence showed an increasing trend and it was statistically significant. Comparison of the years 1985 and 1986 with 2005 and 2006 gives Z = 2.4, P < 0.05 (statistically significant). Comparison of the years 1995 and 1996 with 2005 and 2006 gives Z = 3, P < 0.01 (significant statistically). Number of people getting initiated to substance use in early age ( viz . 10-19 years) showed an increasing trend. People with positive family history of substance dependence started using substances early in life. (Chi-square value: 164.7, P < 0.0001, significant statistically). In polysubstance dependence comorbidity was more ( Z = 4.1, P < 0.001, significant statistically). Conclusions: Incidence of substance dependence remained the same across the two decades. But incidence of polysubstance dependence is increasing over the years. People start using substances earlier and are becoming dependent earlier in their lives in the present decade. Polysubstance dependence is correlated with greater comorbidity. Early recognition of comorbidity and its management is essential for better prognosis. Substance dependence is exclusively a male diagnosis in our population.
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Moving towards ICD-11 and DSM-V: Concept and evolution of psychiatric classification
PK Dalal, T Sivakumar
October-December 2009, 51(4):310-319
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.58302  PMID:20048461
A classification is as good as its theory. As the etiology of psychiatric disorders is still not clearly known, we still define them categorically by their clinical syndrome. There are doubts if they are valid discrete disease entities and if dimensional models are better to study them. We have come a long way till ICD-10 and DSM-IV, but there are shortcomings. With advances in genetics and neurobiology in the future, classification of psychiatric disorders should improve further. The concept, evolution, current status and challenges facing psychiatric classification are discussed in this review.
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An overview of Indian research in depression
Sandeep Grover, Alakananda Dutt, Ajit Avasthi
September 2010, 52(7):178-188
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.69231  PMID:21836676
Depression as a disorder has always been a focus of attention of researchers in India. Over the last 50-60 years, large number of studies has been published from India addressing various aspects of this commonly prevalent disorder. The various aspects studied included epidemiology, demographic and psychosocial risk factor, neurobiology, symptomatology, comorbidity, assessment and diagnosis, impact of depression, treatment related issues and prevention of depression in addition to the efficacy and tolerability of various antidepressants. Here, we review data on various aspects of depression, originating from India.
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Stressful life events among adolescents: The development of a new measure
Shilpa Aggarwal, H.R.A Prabhu, Aalok Anand, Atul Kotwal
April-June 2007, 49(2):96-102
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.33255  PMID:20711390
Background: Adolescence can be a stressful time for children, parents and adults who work with teens. We believe that a scale measuring the events perceived as stressful by an average Indian adolescent is necessary due to the presence of irrelevant items and absence of items related to our culture on foreign scales. Aim: This study was done to adapt and test the validity of a scale measuring stress caused due to life events in an Indian adolescent; to assess clinical value of the instrument in exploring causal relationships between stressful events and behavioral problems; and to compare the degree of overlap in stress-causing events between adolescents and their parents during the same timeframe. Materials and Methods: An adolescent life event stress scale (ALESS) containing 41 items was administered to 156 adolescents for formulation and 102 adolescents for validation. A third set of 112 adolescents was used to compare ALESS scores with child behavior checklist (CBCL) scores and parental stress scores due to life events. Results: The comparison showed a strong positive correlation with CBCL scores with a model fit (r 2 = 0.32) and a weak positive correlation with parental stress (Pearson's coefficient = 0.011) due to life events. Conclusion: Thus, a life event scale for adolescents was especially adapted to the Indian conditions.
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Substance use and addiction research in India
Pratima Murthy, N Manjunatha, BN Subodh, Prabhat Kumar Chand, Vivek Benegal
September 2010, 52(7):189-199
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.69232  PMID:21836677
Substance use patterns are notorious for their ability to change over time. Both licit and illicit substance use cause serious public health problems and evidence for the same is now available in our country. National level prevalence has been calculated for many substances of abuse, but regional variations are quite evident. Rapid assessment surveys have facilitated the understanding of changing patterns of use. Substance use among women and children are increasing causes of concern. Preliminary neurobiological research has focused on identifying individuals at high risk for alcohol dependence. Clinical research in the area has focused primarily on alcohol and substance related comorbidity. There is disappointingly little research on pharmacological and psychosocial interventions. Course and outcome studies emphasize the need for better follow-up in this group. While lack of a comprehensive policy has been repeatedly highlighted and various suggestions made to address the range of problems caused by substance use, much remains to be done on the ground to prevent and address these problems. It is anticipated that substance related research publications in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry will increase following the journal having acquired an 'indexed' status.
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A study on the prevalence of internet addiction and its association with psychopathology in Indian adolescents
Deepak Goel, Alka Subramanyam, Ravindra Kamath
April-June 2013, 55(2):140-143
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.111451  PMID:23825847
Background: There has been an explosive growth of internet use not only in India but also worldwide in the last decade. There is a growing concern about whether this is excessive and, if so, whether it amounts to an addiction. Aim: To study the prevalence of internet addiction and associated existing psychopathology in adolescent age group. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study sample comprising of 987 students of various faculties across the city of Mumbai was conducted after obtaining Institutional Ethics Committee approval and permission from the concerned colleges. Students were assessed with a specially constructed semi-structured proforma and The Internet Addiction Test (IAT; Young, 1998) which was self-administered by the students after giving them brief instructions. Dukes Health Profile was used to study physical and psychosocial quality of life of students. Subjects were classified into moderate users, possible addicts, and addicts for comparison. Results: Of the 987 adolescents who took part in the study, 681 (68.9%) were female and 306 (31.1%) were males. The mean age of adolescents was 16.82 years. Of the total, about 74.5% were moderate (average) users. Using Young's original criteria, 0.7% were found to be addicts. Those with excessive use internet had high scores on anxiety, depression, and anxiety depression. Conclusions: In the emerging era of internet use, we must learn to differentiate excessive internet use from addiction and be vigilant about psychopathology.
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Prolonged, longstanding, ultra-high-dose abuse of sildenafil
TS Sathyanarayana Rao, V Arun Kumar, Rajesh Raman, Chittaranjan Andrade
July-September 2015, 57(3):311-312
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.166626  PMID:26600589
We report a 40-year-old male who self-administered sildenafil for 10 years, in progressively increasing doses from 100 mg per occasion in the 1 st year to 1300 mg per occasion in the 9 th – 10 th years of (ab)use. The frequency of abuse was 2 – 3/week. The only adverse effect of concern that was reported was transient (up to about 12 h), self-limited blurring of vision in the last 2 years, especially in the last 2 months at the highest dose. The patient was otherwise normal. This report is unique because it describes what may be the highest dose of sildenafil reported in literature, abused across a protracted period of time. We discuss issues related to dose and safety of and tolerance to the drug.
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January 2019, 61(9):521-631
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Clinical practice guidelines for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
YC Janardhan Reddy, A Shyam Sundar, Janardhanan C Narayanaswamy, Suresh Bada Math
January 2017, 59(5):74-90
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.196976  PMID:28216787
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District mental health program - Need to look into strategies in the era of Mental Health Care Act, 2017 and moving beyond Bellary Model
Om Prakash Singh
April-June 2018, 60(2):163-164
DOI:10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_304_18  PMID:30166670
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The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016: Does it address the needs of the persons with mental illness and their families
Choudhary Laxmi Narayan, Thomas John
January-March 2017, 59(1):17-20
DOI:10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_75_17  PMID:28529356
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Acute and transient psychosis: A paradigmatic approach
Savita Malhotra
October-December 2007, 49(4):233-243
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.37662  PMID:20680134
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Episodic confusional state: Due to insulinoma
Jagadheesan Venkatesan, Sophie Dina Suresh Stelina
July-September 2008, 50(3):197-199
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.43636  PMID:19742181
This case report deals with 45-year-old male who came for consultation in the psychiatry department for the persisting symptoms, after consulting various departments with no relief. He had episodes of confusion with disorganized behavior, restlessness, and symptoms like talking irrelevantly once a week lasting up to 10-30 min in the preceding six months. Investigations like computerized tomography scan, electroencephalogram were not contributory. While under observation in our ward for evaluation and diagnosis, one such episode with intense sweating and clouding of consciousness was witnessed and helped in clinching the diagnosis of insulinoma. The case is reported for its rarity and as one of the causes of episodic confusional state.
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