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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 ...

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Dealing with the struggles of caregiving

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Manas Bhattacharya

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. " 

Glory Joseph

Psychiatric nurse

"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."