Indian Journal of Psychiatry (Indian J Psychiatr)

Publisher: Indian Psychiatric Society, Medknow Publications

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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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    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
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    ABSTRACT: Since its inception cannabis has been observed to be associated with various psycho-pathology. In this paper, the authors have reviewed the advancement made in this area over the last decade. The association between cannabis and schizophrenia has been researched more intensively. The controversy regarding the reliability, clinical utility, and the existence of a cannabis withdrawal syndrome has also been settled. Recent studies also buttressed the possibility of acute and chronic effect of cannabis on various cognitive functions. There has been a plethora of research regarding the treatment for cannabis use disorders. But the new and most interesting area of research is concentrated on the endocannabinoid system and its contribution in various psychiatric disorders.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 06/2015; 57(2):140-149. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158134
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Research literature has documented the nature of stigma associated with mental illness (MI) and its consequences in all spheres of life of ill persons and their families. It is also suggested that there is a need to develop intervention strategies to reduce stigma. However, very little is reported about these initiatives in the Indian context. Aim: To understand the nature of stigma associated with MI in a rural and semi‑urban community in India and to develop an intervention package and study its impact. Materials and Methods: The study adopted a pre‑ and post‑experimental/action research design with a random sample of community members including persons with chronic MI and their caregivers from rural and semi‑urban areas. A semi structured interview schedule was used to assess the nature of stigma. An intervention package, developed on the basis of initial findings, was administered, and two post assessments were carried out. Results: Stigmatized attitude related to various aspects of MI were endorsed by the respondents. Caregivers had less stigmatizing attitude than the members of the community. Postintervention assessments (PIAs) revealed significant changes in attitudes towards some aspects of MI and this improved attitude was sustained during the second PIA, that is, after 3 months of intervention. Conclusion: People in the rural and semi‑urban community have stigmatizing attitude toward MI. Intervention package focusing on the relevant aspect of MI can be used for reducing stigma of MI. Key words: Community attitude, intervention strategies, mental illness, stigma
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 04/2015; 57(2):165-73. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158175
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    ABSTRACT: Studies conducted in several countries have found an increase in suicide rates in custody than the general population. The aim was to assess the trends of suicide in custody and to identify characteristics. We examined all available files of the death of people in custody through 2001 to 2010. Information collected included age, sex, type of custody, place of death, presence of any associated disease, history of any psychiatric illness, substance abuse, and cause of death. A total 173 autopsies was performed out of which 14 cases were of suicide. The mean age was 31.71 years. 71.42% deaths were noted in police lock-ups while 28.57% were recorded in prison. Hanging was the common method of suicide followed by poisoning. Suicide in custodial setting is preventable problem in India. Preventing suicide in custody needs cooperation and coordination from various agencies.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(1):81-4. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.148531
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(1):104-5.
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    ABSTRACT: Sexual dysfunction can occur due to biological problems, relationship problems, lack of proper sexual knowledge or a combination of these. India is often known as the land of Kamasutra. But as far as sexuality research is concerned, there is a paucity of relevant data from India. In view of this, we conducted a study to assess the psychosocial profile of males presenting with sexual dysfunction to psychiatry out-patient department of a tertiary medical hospital. Hundred consecutive male patients presenting with sexual dysfunction were screened using Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale for clinical sexual dysfunction and after obtaining their informed consent were included in this study. They were assessed using a semi-structured proforma, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4(th) Edition, Text Revision criteria, Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview, and Dyadic Adjustment Scale. Majority of our respondents were in the 18-30 years age group and were married. The main source of sex knowledge for 69% of them was peer group. Age of onset of masturbation was 11-13 years for 43% of them. Premature ejaculation was the most common sexual dysfunction seen in the respondents. Marital discord was seen in significantly lesser number of respondents (32.35%) as also major depressive disorder that was seen in only 16%. Premature ejaculation was the most common sexual dysfunction in our sample. Despite the sexual dysfunction, marital discord and depression were seen less commonly in our respondents.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(1):51-8. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.148522
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    ABSTRACT: presentation. Arteriovenous malformation is a rare neurological condition associated with organic manic episode. Aim and objectives: To present a case of manic illness in a 15-year-old girl in whom a right medial temporal lobe and thalamic arteriovenous malformation was discovered. Methods: We are presenting a case of 15 year old female presented with complaints of irritability, over talkativeness, decreased need for sleep for last 1 month. 4 years back patient had history of weakness of left half of body.There was no history of fever, headache, head injury, seizure episode or any other neurological abnormality. This weakness of left side of body was permanent.After 2 months of Onset of this neurological problem she developed a manic episode, which resolved completely with 4 weeks of treatment. Currently on neurological examination there was atrophy and flaccidity of left upper and lower limbs, power was 2/5, superficial reflexes were diminished, deep tendon reflexes were exaggerated, plantar reflex was extensor on left side. On mental status examination affect was irritable, grandiose ideas and decreased need for Sleep were elicited. CT angiography revealed intracranial arterio-venous malformation embedded in right medial temporal lobe and thalamic regions.Conclusion: Few cases of organic manic syndromes have been reported so far due to the clinicians’ failure to detect organic factors in mania and relative rarity of its occurrence. So organic factors must always be considered in patients with different psychiatric disorders, especially in those with atypical symptoms, who do not respond to conventional treatment, who presents beyond the usual age of onset for specific psychiatric disorder, those without any family or personal history of psychiatric disorder.
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(S):S 11.
  • Indira Sharma
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(2):131. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158133
  • TS Sathyanarayana Rao, Chittaranjan Andrade
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(2):115. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158129
  • PrakashB Behere, TS Sathyanarayana Rao, AkshataN Mulmule
    Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(2):122. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.158131
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(1):104. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.148544
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(1):4-8. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.148508
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(1):98. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.148537
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(1):110. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.148549
  • Indian Journal of Psychiatry 01/2015; 57(1):101-2. DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.148542