Social skills training for persons with mental illness
As social beings we interact, learn and are interdependent. Social skills are components of behavior that help an individual to learn, understand and adapt across various social circumstances. The Albert Ellis Institute in New York defines social skills as the skill or ability to facilitate interactions, recognize and reciprocate emotional cues from others, and communicate with others in ...READ MORE
Care to Care - Dr Anil Patil
Caring for the caregivers of people with dementia
July 01, 2016
In a hut in Mangalavada, Pavagada taluk in Karnataka, Hanumantharaya, 32, looks distractedly at his neighbors sitting around him. Hanumantharaya was diagnosed with intellectual disability and psychosis when he was a child. His mother, Lakshmamma is his primary and only caregiver. Lakhshmamma, 80, is exhasuted. “It's very tiring to keep an ...Read more
We all place a certain amount of importance on work and employment. It isn't just a source of income, but also gives us a sense of purpose, an opportunity to learn, and to work with others. But what about the employability of persons with mental illness? Most mental illnesses usually manifest in the age group of 15-35 years. ...Read more
When we are not able to carry out our normal routine tasks due to physical disabilities (temporary or permanent), we depend on the services of our dear ones. Their care becomes important as it helps us lead our life in the best possible way. Even after we receive treatment at hospitals ...Read more
Caregiver to his son with schizophrenia
" I don't get shaken by anything. I just become quiet and start working on what is in my control. My son, who is now 45, was diagnosed with schizophrenia more than two decades ago. When my wife passed away, I became his sole caregiver. I start my day with exercise, some yoga and some weight training. If I take care of myself and keep a cool mind, I can look out for him as well. "
"I have always wanted to become a nurse but hadn't really thought of becoming a psychiatric nurse. When I came to NIMHANS, I saw the patients and the trauma and despair they undergo. Someone with severe mental illness may not be interested in personal hygiene; a person with depression may have thoughts like, "Why should I live" or "I don't want to live." All they want is for someone to listen to them, and care for them."
Dr N Janardhana
Psychiatric social worker
"Persons with mental illness are considered a burden by their family and community. As a psychiatric social worker I motivate them to become independent and self-sufficient. Meeting them gives me sense of purpose too. I also feel proud when their families recognize my work and feel secure talking to me. They often seek my opinion before making any major decisions."