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 ...READ MORE
Care to Care - Dr Anil Patil
Caring for the caregivers of people with dementia
July 01, 2016
What are the different types of treatment? As a first step in treatment, doctors do a thorough diagnosis. Based on the results of this diagnosis, they prescribe a specific treatment plan. For mild mental illness with controlled symptoms, treatment may be for a short period of time. For people with ...Read more
Parents who have children suffering from severe mental illness face a variety of problems. To add to this, aging parents are faced with a major practical concern – What after me? After spending a considerable part of their lives caring for their child, their main concern becomes the welfare of ...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
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."