Journal March 2008

JMHHB 2008 13(1) : 1 – 2 Editorial

Mental health care seeking in medical students and doctors – Priti Arun

Introduction: Stress has become the buzzword in the society recently. It is an established fact that some amount of stress is essential and unavoidable. Many studies on stress in medical students and doctors have been published in last few years. It causes concern when some serious fall out occurs. Rate of suicide is high amongst medical students and doctors. Read More

JMHHB 2008 13(1) : 3 – 7 Presidential Addressl

Substance Abuse : A Growing Menace Mission Prevention – Roop Sidana

Introduction: Substance Abuse is a complex problem having medical and social ramifications which impacts not only the individual but society at large. It affects not only the user and their families but all sections of society. It can affect any body regardless of age, sex, socio occupational status. No geographical location, race or religion is exempt. Read More

JMHHB 2008 13(1) : 8 -17 Review Articles

A Public Health Perspective on Violent Offenses among Persons with Mental Illness : Some Recent Developments – Preeti Sinha, Pratap Sharan

Introduction: Abstract : Inadequate attention has been paid to public health issues related to violence and mental illness in most developing societies. The burden: Mentally ill patients have a slightly higher propensity for violence compared to people in general. On the other hand, violent victimization of mentally ill patients is also common. Read More

JMHHB 2008 13(1) : 18-24
Nosology of the substance use disorders : How deep is the ICD-DSM dichotomy ? Munish Aggarwal, Anindya Banerjee, Debasish Basu

Introduction: Abstract : The two main nosological systems followed for classification of substance related disorders are International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a publication of the American Psychiatric Association. Read More

JMHHB 2008 13(1) : 25-36
Insight and Psychosis – Karuna Singh, Priti Arun

Introduction: Abstract : An evaluation of patients’ insight into their mental illness has long been included in the standard mental state examination. The last 10 years have shown a resurgence of interest in insight, with better definitions and operationalizations of the concept. Insight into psychosis is seen as the ability of patient for self observation and knowledge about his illness. Read More

JMHHB 2008 13(1) : 37- 42 Original Article

Impact of Obsessions and Compulsions on the Quality of Life in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Gaurav Rajender, Krishna Kanwal

Introduction: Abstract :The distress of the patients of Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) due to the senselessness and intrusiveness of their obsessions and the time spent in compulsions are acknowledged by the diagnostic criterion. OCD impacts everyday life in academic, occupational, social and family functioning. There is large variability in the results of the studies studying the differential impact of obsessions & compulsions on the Quality of Life (QoL) of patients and their validity has been found to be unsatisfactory. Read More

JMHHB 2008 13(1) : 48-50
Psychiatric Morbidity Among Inmates of the Mother Teresa’s Home – A Home for Dying and Destitutes – Jagdish Thappa, Sushant Thappa, Harneet Kaur, Abhishek Chowhan, Rakesh Banal

Introduction: Abstract : Homelessness is a persistent problem in our country, and a complex one. A comprehensive review of the literature reveals that homelessness and mental illness is a significant problem all over the world. The subjects were 70 inmates of ShantiBhawan(Mother Teresa’s Home) in Jammu. Read More

JMHHB 2008 13(1) : 50 -58 Case Conference

Psychological management in a case of Somatoform Disorder – Rachna Bhargava, Priti Arun

Introduction: Abstract : Somatic complaints are common occurrence in medical setting. However attempts towards management has lacked consensus over approach. There is lack of empirical evidence especially from India. This case illustrates the multimodal approach in management of a case of somatoform disorder characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and vomiting. Read More