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
Don’t: Use any language or words that trivialize the person’s experience. People with depression often hear statements like these: "Everyone faces challenges" "Why are you taking it so personally?" "All this is part of life, so cheer up!" "You would feel better if you exercised some more, or picked up a ...Read more
Having taken care of his father who was suffering from cancer for the last three years, Mahesh was devastated when the doctor informed him that the cancer was in the last stage. Despite being a caregiver for so many years, the feeling of losing his father was quite overwhelming and he ...Read more
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
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."