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
If you’re a caregiver to a person with a mental health issue, chances are that your life has been impacted in several areas. In the beginning, you may have had to come to terms with the diagnosis, and deal with caring for a loved one who may have suddenly become ...Read more
Caregiving is a long and difficult journey that can drain the person physically and emotionally. Asking for help is not always easy, especially when you are caring for someone with a mental illness, due to the prevalent stigma and discrimination. But experts suggest that accepting help offered by anyone to give a break ...Read more
Caregiving for a person with a chronic or progressive mental illness is a daunting responsibility. The caregiver plays multiple roles that include day-to-day care, supervising medications, taking the patient to the hospital, taking care of their diet, and looking after their financial needs. The caregiver also has to cope with ...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."