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
When we hear about a person's demise, our natural reaction is to feel sad or unhappy. People grieve over different kinds of symbolic losses such as divorce, unrequited love, break-up in a relationship or discovering that a loved one has mental illness etc. Grief throws up a complex set of emotions ...Read more
Therapy, specifically talk therapy or counseling, is a process in which the therapist helps a person learn more about their thoughts, feelings and behavior, and the (possible) reasons for experiencing them. Once the person becomes aware of these thoughts and feelings, the therapist helps them learn better coping skills to ...Read more
What is caregiver stress? Caring for a loved one with a severe mental health disorder or psychotic illness can be challenging for the caregiver due to the various factors involved: having to accept that their loved one has been diagnosed with a mental illness and may not be able to function ...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."