Journal March 2006

JMHHB 2006 11(1): 1-2 Editorial

Bipolar affective disorder and disability – Priti Arun

Introduction: The influence of Emil Kraeplin’s statement that manic depressive psychosis is episodic with good outcome has not been completely erased and many clinicians still think bipolar affective disorder is an episodic illness with good prognosis without leading to deterioration and disability. Read More

JMHHB 2006 11(1) : 3-10 Presidential Addresss

Burden of untreated mental disorders; do we have resources to share it? – B S Chavan

Introduction: At the outset, I express my heart felt gratitude to all the members of North Zone Indian Psychiatric Society for electing me the President of the Indian Psychiatric Society North Zone. Read More

JMHHB 2006 11(1) : 11-17 Review Articles

Chronic Major Depression: A Myth Or A Reality – Ajit Avasthi, Paramjit Singh Khurana, Baljeet Singh Saluja

Introduction: Depression is one of the most common clinical conditions seen in medical or psychiatric settings. Depression was long regarded as a disorder with a benign course of illness. Read More

JMHHB 2006 11(1) : 18-22
Factors leading to Chronic Depression – Gurvinder Pal Singh and B S Chavan

Introduction: Abstract : Chronic depression is a debilitating and often life-threatening disorder. Chronic depression is an episode of depression that persists for more than two years. Chronic depression represents an important public health concern in India.

JMHHB 2006 11(1) : 23-33
How responsible is responsible drinking: An evidence based review – Anindya Banerjee, Debasish Basu, Anil Malhotra

Introduction: Abstract : Responsible drinking refers to drinking of alcoholic beverages at a level that is unlikely to lead to health problems. The liquor industry has promoted responsible drinking as a policy for its putative health benefits. . Read More

JMHHB 2006 11(1) : 34- 38 Award Paper

Quality Of Life In Depressed Patients- A Strategic Marker of Treatment Outcome – Arti Gawri, R K Solanki, Paramjit Singh

Introduction: Abstract : Government of India has recently notified scales for ascertainment of disability in psychiatric disorders as well as in mental retardation. The present paper reports observations of initial 6 months of their use in Mental Disability Clinic Read More

JMHHB 2006 11(1) : 39-43 Original Research Paper

Preliminary Experiences with use of Disability Assessment Scales at Mental Disability Clinic, PGIMER, Chandigarh – Suresh Kumar, Parmanand Kulhara, Sandeep Grover, Rama Malhotra

Introduction: Abstract : Depressive patients experience difficulty with physical activities and their energy levels are reduced. Their sense of personal health is adversely affected including their abilities to interact socially, to work effectively and to manage their homes. Read More

JMHHB 2006 11(1) : 44-48
Urban Married Women: Subjective Well Being In Relation To Family Structure – Paramleen Kaur, Kuldip C Sharma, B S Sidhu, Harprit Kaur

Introduction: Abstract : The family plays an important role in the life and health of any person. In India family structure is changing from the traditional joint household to nuclear families. This study was carried out to assess relationship of family structure and other attributes of social and married life with the subjective feeling of well being among urban married women. Read More

JMHHB 2006 11(1) : 49-53 Case Confrence

Dissociative Identity Disorder- Diagnostic Issues – Suresh Kumar, Parthasarathy Biswas, Gaurav Jain, Kaus tav Chakraborty

Introduction: Abstract : Dissociative Identity Disorder is a very rare and challenging phenomenon in clinical practice. The clinical picture of Dissociative Identity Disorder may closely resemble certain other disorders like schizophrenia, complex partial seizures, factitious disorders, and trance and possession disorder. Read More

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 55- 56 Editorial

ADHD and Learing disability – Priti Arun

Introduction: Learning Disability (LD) is a general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significance difficulties in the acquisition and the use of listening, spelling, reading, writing, reasoning or mathematical ability. These disorders are intrinsic to the individual presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction.

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 57-63 Review Articles

Disabilty in Schizophrenia : Conceptual Issues – P. Kulhara, Suresh Kumar, R.Rajagopal

Introduction: Abstract: Schizophrenia is a disorder characterized by persistent difficulties in important areas of functioning even when the acutely flagrant stage of psychosis is in remission. These dysfunctions lead to significant loss of opportunities and productivity with long term implications in the life of the person with schizophrenia.

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 64-72
Projectivce Psychodiagnostics : Relevance in Practice of Contemporay Psychiatry – Ritu Nehra, Shubh Mohan Singh, Vineet Baharadwaj

Introduction: Abstract: Projective tests are one of the most commonly used for psychodiagnostic tests in clinical psychiatric practice. However, in the recent years, the scientific bases of these tests and their continued relevance to the practice of clinical psychiatry have been questioned.

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 73-77 Original Research Paper

Five Years Follow-up Study of Treated Drug Addicts : The Magnitude of Death And the Reasons thereof – Vani Kaler, Tushar Singh, Paramjit Singh, P.D.Gargi

Introduction: Abstract: Recent surveys suggest that the abuse of drugs, often in combination, is pervasive throughout society. There is growing concern about increase in illicit drug use and associated fatalities in young people Aim: To examine the characteristics of deaths among patients treated for addiction followed up after a period of five years.

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 78-84
Family Burden and Its Correlates among Caregivers of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Affective Disorder – Ritu Nehra, Subho Chakrabarti, Paramanand Kulhara, Rajni Sharma

Introduction: Abstract : Patients with chronic mental illnesses pose considerable burden on caregivers. However, family burden has not been examined in all such conditions. The present study thus attempted to examine caregiver burden and its correlates in caregivers of patients with both schizophrenia and bipolar effective disorder.

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 85-89
A one year follow up study of subjects with opioid dependence syndromea retrospective analysis – Ajeet Sidana, Sachin Rai, B.S.Chavan

Introduction: Abstract : Treatment of patients with substance use disorders is a challenging task. The major challenges are not only to maintain follow up in these patients but also to prevent relapse.

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 90-99 Case Conference

Abnormal Illness Behavior Causing Severe Disability : Diagostic Issue – Suresh Kumar, Nisha Warikoo, Sydney Moirangthem

Introduction: Abstract : Abnormal illness behaviors, ranging from non-deliberate distortion to intentional deception, are asscoicatd with clinical phenomena that lie among a continuum from unconscious sysmptom exaggeration to psychiatric disorders and malingering.

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 100-104
Comprehensive Management of a Child with Attention Defict Hyperactivity Disorder : A Case Study – Manju Mohanty, Suresh Kumar

Introduction: Abstract : Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood psychiatric disorders. Several studies have been conducted to investigate the effectiveness of medicaation, behavioral treatment and the combined approach in the management of ADHD.

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 105- 107 Case Report

Low dose aripprazole as an augmenting agent in an elderly patient with unipolar depression : A cae report – Sachin Rai, Ajeet Sidana

Introduction: Abstract : Major depressive disorder is one of the most prevalent psychiatry disorders in the community. However, majority of cases show inadequate or no response to antidepressant treatment.

JMHHB 2006 11(2) : 108 Book Review

Child Development : Basic Issues – Amita Puri , Reviewer : Dr. Uday Sinha

Introduction: Abstract : Assessment plays vital role in early identification of developmental pathology or deviation and planning appropriate intervention. The professionals working in the area of child development or developmental pathology have always felt the need for a assessment tool to monitor child development with enough precision and accuracy for reaching a valid conclusion.