Indian Journal of Psychiatry (Indian J Psychiatr)

Publisher: Indian Psychiatric Society, Medknow Publications

Journal description

The Indian Journal of Psychiatry is an official publication of the Indian Psychiatric Society. It is published quarterly with one additional supplement (total 5 issues). The IJP publishes original work in all the fields of psychiatry. All papers are peer-reviewed before publication.

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Website Indian Journal of Psychiatry website
ISSN 0019-5545
OCLC 226369857
Material type Series, Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 07/2016; 57(6(supplement)):286-95.
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: To study the health-care needs of the patients with severe mental disorders as perceived by their family caregivers and the treating psychiatrists. Materials and Methods: Caregivers of patients with severe mental disorders and their treating psychiatrists were assessed using Camberwell Assessment of Need-Research Version (CAN-R) scale and indigenously designed Supplementary Assessment of Needs Scale (SNAS). Results: The study included 1494 patients recruited from 15 centers. The mean needs as per the CAN-R, perceived by the caregivers were 7.8 and treating psychiatrists were 8.1. About one-third of needs were unmet. On SNAS, both caregivers and treating psychiatrists reported a mean of 7.9 needs, of which more than half were unmet as per the caregivers. As per the treating psychiatrists, 45.5% of the needs as assessed on SNAS were unmet. There was a high level of correlation between needs perceived by the patients, caregivers and the treating psychiatrists. On CAN-R, main domains of needs as reported by the caregivers were those of money, relief of psychological distress, information about the illness and treatment, welfare benefits, transport, company and food. As per the treating psychiatrists, the most common total needs identified were those of relief of psychological distress, welfare benefits, information about the illness and treatment, money, transport, company self-care and physical health. The most common domains of needs as assessed on SNAS as per the caregivers were those of free treatment, medical reimbursement, psychoeducation, financial help, social support, insurance, more time from the clinicians and travel concession. The treating psychiatrists identified dealing with caregiver's stress as the most common need. Conclusions: According to the family caregivers and treating psychiatrists, about one-third of the needs of the patients as assessed using CAN-R and about half of the needs as assessed using SNAS are unmet. Keywords: Caregivers, needs, outcome, psychiatrists, severe mental disorders
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 06/2015; 57(2):181-189. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158185
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):122. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158131
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):115. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158129
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):131. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158133
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    ABSTRACT: Wide prevalence of mental illness has been documented in South India; however, the magnitude of stigma is unclear. The aim was to investigate the magnitude of stigma prevalent among medical professionals in Hyderabad, India. A prospective survey of seven common psychiatric disorders for eight specified perceptions was conducted. Responses of 226 out of 250 (90%) doctors were analyzed. Significant overall negative perception (P < 0.001), with drug addiction (52.8%) and alcoholism (48.2%) eliciting most negative perceptions (Chi-square: P <0.05) was observed. Significant negative perceptions were also seen among married doctors and those with < 10 years experience. Even though, there was no overall difference based on gender (P = 0.242), more females had significant negative perception toward eating disorders, depression, dementia, alcoholism and schizophrenic patients (P ≤ 0.05). This study revealed negative attitude of doctors toward mentally ill and highlighted the gender difference in perceptions.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):190. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158190
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    ABSTRACT: Sexuality is an important aspect of the personality of an individual and influences psychological, physical and social well-being of both men and women. It is a paradox, that in the country where 'kamasutra' (by Vatsyayana) took birth, there is a lack of research publications and sexuality related literature; hence the current study was conducted, to estimate the prevalence and association of sexual disorders with various socio-demographic variables, in the selected rural population. Subjects who were sexually active and fulfilled the study criteria were administered Arizona Sexual Experience Scale as screening tool for the presence of sexual problems. Those who were found to be having sexual problems were interviewed further using appropriate questionnaires. 21.15% of the male subjects were diagnosed to have one (or more) sexual disorder. Prevalence of erectile dysfunction was found to be 15.77%, male hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) 2.56%; premature ejaculation was found to be prevalent in 8.76% of the male subjects. Around 14% of the female subjects were diagnosed to have female sexual disorders. Prevalence of female arousal dysfunction was found to be 6.65%, female HSDD 8.87%, female anorgasmia 5.67%, female dyspareunia 2.34% and female sexual aversion disorder was found to be prevalent in 0.37% of the female subjects. This study concluded that one in five males and one in seven females were suffering from one (or more) sexual disorder. Improving the training of undergraduate medical and nursing students in sexuality related issues, increasing trained individuals in sexual medicine by starting new courses, providing sex education to the general population using media and merging sexual health care with primary care, are likely to play a significant role in addressing the increasing sexual health morbidity.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):150-7. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158143
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):125. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158132
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    ABSTRACT: P wave dispersion (Pd) is defined as the difference between the maximum and the minimum P wave duration. It has recently been associated with increased anxiety levels, thereby predisposing affected individuals to fatal heart disease. Despite of evidence of this autonomous nervous system (ANS) relationship, there are no electrocardiography (ECG) studies in the patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Thus, in this study, we aimed to evaluate the Pd in OCD patients. The study consisted of a total of 25 patients with OCD and same number of physically and mentally healthy age- and gender-matched controls. For psychological testing, Yale-Brown Obsession and Compulsion (Y-BOCS) was administered. Pmax was found to be significantly higher in the patients compared to controls. Pmin did not differ between groups. Left atrium sizes were not different between groups. As for the main parameter investigated in the present study, it was found that Pd was significantly increased in the OCD patients than the controls. Y-BOCS scores for the patient group was positively correlated with Pd (r = 0.73, P < 0.01). In conclusion, our results suggest that Pd may be associated with OCD though our sample is too small to allow us to obtain a clear conclusion. Future studies with larger sample evaluating the effects of treatment are required.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):196. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158193
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    ABSTRACT: This article aims at demonstrating the effectiveness of day care centers in Indian setting. This is to provide impetus for an innovative approach in psychiatric practice in India. The aim was to narrate the experiences of a day care center being practiced in India. The study provides the experiences gained in a day care center at Lucknow. The center was started in a hired building with a minimum of staff. The cost of the program is around 30,000/months. The day care center has been run for nearly 5 years. During this period, 95 clients visited the center and 69 enrolled in the day care. Nearly 35 continued and 34 dropped out due to various reasons. Descriptive study. There were 49 patients suffering from schizophrenia, 11 from affective disorders, and 9 patients were clubbed in the miscellaneous group. The miscellaneous group consisted of pervasive developmental disorders, slow learners, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) and borderline subnormality with psychosis. Most patients had a long duration of illness. The patients of schizophrenia continued in the program more often than other group. Nearly 50% of patients have obtained jobs. The exposure to day care improved the patient's social and occupational behavior. The core symptoms did not change substantially. The families were greatly empowered, and they developed a positive attitude toward illness. Of the 59 patients who joined the day care program 35 could continue regularly. Among these patients, nearly 50% could take up jobs. Social and occupational behaviors improved remarkably. The families were empowered, and they developed a positive attitude toward mental illness. Such programs can be improvised with minimal costs and can be value addition in psychiatric practice. We need to develop indigenous know-how for such programs. This is a preliminary communication.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):162-4. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158157
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    ABSTRACT: Cushing's syndrome (CS) is the multisystem disorder which is due to cortisol excess. It is very difficult to diagnose in early stages, especially when psychiatric manifestations are the predominant complaints. It could result in significant morbidity and mortality. We report a case of resistant bipolar affective disorder secondary to CS. Early diagnosis and treatment will lead to better functional outcome and prevention of neurocognitive side-effects of excessive cortisol.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):200. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158194
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):117. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158130
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    ABSTRACT: Music with its instantaneous pleasing effect can be an answer to misery. It is a form of art that is easily accessible anytime and anywhere. This article gives an overview of music therapy practiced in ancient India, its influence on emotion and mind, and speculates its possible clinical applications in the modern era based on the available scientific literature.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):210. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158201
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    ABSTRACT: A case of Sulphuric acid ingestion with an intention to commit suicide in a patient of Major Depressive Disorder which resulted in death is reported. Aspects of this mode of suicide and legal issues concerning suicide in mentally ill patient have been discussed.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):203. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158195
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):218. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158208