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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 …

Woes of Adolescent Life – Overthinking, Mental Stress and Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms

March 9, 2017 – 2:28 PM |

The capacity of the human brain is what distinguishes mankind from other living beings. It endows us with an awareness of our own thought processes, i.e. consciousness. Our consciousness allows us to mull over our …

Stress and Its Impact on Health – The Master Malady of All

March 3, 2017 – 4:31 PM |

Stress in a medical context is defined as a physical or psychological factor that creates bodily and/or mental tension. Stress factors can be external, coming from the environment, psychological or social situations, or internal, due …

Spotlight on Epilepsy: Brushing up on the Biology of the Disease

February 28, 2017 – 9:33 PM |

The two most common neurological conditions are epilepsy and stroke. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder affecting the central nervous system (CNS). It is result of sudden persistent firing of CNS neurons causing change in behavior, …

Lack of Insight in Psychiatric Patients: How it Affects Mental Health

February 14, 2017 – 4:07 PM |

Insight in mental illness is defined as the ability of people to demonstrate awareness or understanding of the disease process (Chakorbatoy & Basu, 2009). The DSM-IV-TR (APA, 2000) reports that majority of persons with schizophrenia …

Offering Hope in Healthcare: An Important Nursing Reality

February 12, 2017 – 10:39 AM |

 Hope is an important nursing reality as most patients need hope to cope with their stressors and improve the quality of life (Hammer, Mogensen, & Hall, 2009; Alidina & Tettero, 2010). Hope is mainly needed …

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 …

Mental Illness and Manifestation of Loneliness: A Nursing Perspective

January 9, 2017 – 5:21 AM |

The word “loneliness” in Oxford Learning Dictionary is defined as, the fact of being without companions (loneliness-definition of loneliness in English l Oxford Dictionaries”, 2016). Similarly in Psychology loneliness can be defined as an aversive …

The Inimical Effects of Rumination: Exploring and Finding Solutions

October 28, 2016 – 11:52 PM |

It is normal to reflect over negative experiences to reach new understandings of the situation that allow us to move forward.  But most of the times this process of self-reflection goes wrong and instead of attaining an …

Let the Healing Begin: Therapeutic Milieu as an Adjunct to Pharmacological Treatment in Psychiatry

October 27, 2016 – 12:24 AM |

Therapeutic milieu is defined as “a structured and modified environment which aims to teach psycho-social skills and limit disturbing and maladaptive behavior of mental health patients.” (Stuart, 2013) Another definition of therapeutic milieu is that …