Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 4, October-December

Angioneurotic Oedema with Tadalafil: A Rare Case Report
Byline: Rajnish. Raj, Balwant. Sidhu A case is reported where the patient developed angioneurotic oedema of the lip after the use of tadalafil.[sup] 1. On withdrawal of tadalafil, complete remission was obtained through required symptomatic treatment....
Anti-Amnestic Properties of Brahmi and Mandookaparni in a Rat Model
Byline: Chittaranjan. Andrade, J. Chandra Background: We had previously demonstrated that a complex herbal formulation (Mentat; Himalaya Drug Company, Bangalore) attenuated anterograde and retrograde amnesia induced by electroconvulsive shocks (ECS)...
A Profile of Substance Abusers Using the Emergency Services in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Sikkim
Byline: Akhil. Bhalla, Sanjiba. Dutta, Amit. Chakrabarti Background: Sikkim, a state in Northeast India with a population of more than 500,000 and inhabited by indigenous population of Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalis, lies in the foothills of the Himalayas...
Awakening the Kundalini of Humour
Byline: Harish. Shetty While conducting training sessions for judicial officers on mental health for the past three years I would always ask them a question: 'Why is it that they do not smile?' The reply I always got was that 'It will be misunderstood...
Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Dysmorphophobia or Delusional Disorder-Somatic Subtype?
Byline: V. Aravind, V. Krishnaram Excessive concern about the appearance of one's body is the hallmark of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). A case with recurrent intrusive preoccupation and concern about the appearance of the face, ritualistic behaviours...
Conduct Disorder-A Sequelae of Viral Encephalitis
Byline: Kamala. Deka, Dhrubajyoti. Bhuyan, P. Chaudhury An 11-year-old girl presented with a behavioural problem of 2 years' duration, which developed following an attack of viral encephalitis. Her behavioural changes had manifested as conduct disorder...
Historicizing Indian Psychiatry
Byline: Debashis. Chatterjee Sir, Amit Ranjan Basu's article 'Historicizing Indian Psychiatry'[1] and the commentaries on it by Paul Hoff[2] and Sridhar Sharma[3] invoke some critical comments. Dr Sharma completely misses the point of 'historicism'...
'Humour-Ability' of Mental Health Professionals
Byline: Nimesh. Desai, S. Sengupta, Deepak. Kumar, Rupali. Shivalkar, Saurabh. Mehrotra Compliments to Dr Swaminath[1] for having thought of and highlighting such a novel theme for mental health professionals. Humour is humane, humour brings two...
Indicators of Suicidal Attempt in Depression
Byline: Arunima. Chatterjee, Rudraprosad. Chakraborty, Suprakash. Chaudhary Sir, We read with interest the article by Srivastava et al. [1] The authors have tried to identify the possible indicators of suicidal attempt in persons with major depressive...
Professional's Progress: Learning from Life and Mistakes
Byline: C. Shamasundar Background The scope of the topic indicated in the title is as vast as one's life. In addition, a large proportion of learning will have happened outside the participation of one's awareness. Among those events that prompted...
Psychological Effects of Low Intensity Conflict (LIC) Operations
Byline: Suprakash. Chaudhury, D. Goel, Harcharan. Singh Background: A burgeoning clinical and empirical literature has provided incontrovertible evidence that combat operations exact a heavy toll in terms of human suffering not only on combatants...
Randomized Controlled Trial of Standardized Bacopa Monniera Extract in Age-Associated Memory Impairment
Byline: Sangeeta. Raghav, Harjeet. Singh, P. Dalal, J. Srivastava, O. Asthana Background: Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) is a traditional Indian medicinal plant which causes multiple effects on the central nervous system. The standardized extract of...
Ravinder Lal Kapur (1938-2006)
Byline: Ajit. Bhide Untimely and sudden death snatched from our midst a great teacher, thinker and psychiatrist. Professor R.L. Kapur died in Bellagio, Italy, while on a writing sabbatical, on Friday, 24 November 2006. His beloved wife Professor...
Responsibility of Psychiatrists: Need for Pragmatic Idealism
Byline: Nimesh. Desai The etymological basis of 'responsibility' is to do with the 'ability to respond'. It may be added that the response be an able, adequate response and tailored to the 'need'. It is my contention that the increasing acceptance...
Self-Awareness of Depression and Life Events in Three Groups of Patients: Psychotic Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Chronic Medical Illness in North India
Byline: Anjali. Gupta, Indu. Bahadur, K. Gupta, Dinesh. Bhugra Background: Depression is a common experience across cultures although not all languages have words describing depression. Aim: To identify patients' perception and awareness of depression...
Starvation in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Due to Scrupulosity
Byline: Dinesh. Sharma, Ramesh. Kumar, Ravi. Sharma This report describes an unusual presentation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with predominant religious obsessions and compulsions (scrupulosity) in which the patient starved himself by...
Study of Childhood Onset Schizophrenia (COS) Using SPECT and Neuropsychological Assessment
Byline: Savita. Malhotra, Nitin. Gupta, Anish. Bhattacharya, Mehak. Kapoor Background: In recent years, the development of positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging has enhanced our understanding...
The Case for Humour: Moving One Step Further
Byline: Chittaranjan. Andrade Swaminath[1] has cogently illustrated the use and value of humour in clinical interactions. Humour is indeed an important and much neglected tool; we could do with a lot more of it not only in the consulting room but...
The Course of Bipolar Disorder in Rural India
Byline: Mohit. Chopra, K. Kishore Kumar, D. Subbakrishna, Sanjeev. Jain, R. Murthy Aim: To examine the naturalistic course of bipolar disorder in a rural, community-based, partially treated cohort. Methods: All patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder...
Use of Humour in Psychiatric Practice: Can We Do It Properly?
Byline: G. Rao Dr G. Swaminath's viewpoint is to be viewed not as a 'joke' but taken seriously. The 'art of psychiatry' needs to be restated and reinforced in clinical practice. Though without doubt his address reflects his personality, the presentation...