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The Distance between Doctors and Psychiatric Patients: A Subtle Form of Discrimination against the Mentally Ill?

July 20, 2017 – 9:11 PM |

If we consider the word “reject”, it means to not give someone the attention, love and care they want and expect. It also means to keep a distance and refuse to give sufficient care. Normally …

Assertiveness in Healthcare – Standing up to Authority, For All the Right Reasons

July 20, 2017 – 8:44 PM |

Clinics are a key learning medium for medical and nursing students. As a nursing student in my third year clinical rotation at a maternity center, I encounter many clients daily, some of whom are faced …

Aggressive Behavior in Patients with Schizophrenia – What Causes It?

April 23, 2017 – 9:43 AM |

The definition of violence by World Health Organization (WHO, 2010) is actual or threatened violence done intentionally and unintentionally by using physical force, against any person leading to death, harm, injury and maladaptive behavior or deprivation.

Impact of Societal Stigma on the Mentally Ailing

March 9, 2017 – 4:50 PM |

Stigma is a set of labels imposed by society on an individual and can lead to their isolation because of avoidance of social situations and fear of rejection. Patients with mental illness have always faced …

Relying on Restraints in Psychiatric Settings: Distasteful yet Necessary?

February 12, 2017 – 9:33 AM |

In a medical context, restraint is defined as “forcible confinement or control of a subject, as of a confused, disoriented, psychotic, or irrational person”. Counsel and Care UK, (2002) calls it the “intentional restriction of …

A Clandestine Affair of Medical Negligence

October 30, 2016 – 12:10 AM |

A seven year old girl presented to emergency department (ED) with an insect bite. She received a full evaluation in ED, and was continuously crying during treatment. The Consultant ordered the resident to administer an …

Physical Restraint in Health Care: Is Paternalism Justified?

September 25, 2016 – 11:15 AM |

Ethical dimension of care is an integral part of health practice. Therefore, ethical reflection is essential for healthcare practitioners to make balanced decisions.For over centuries, practitioners have argued over how to treat mentally retarded people.  …