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The Stigma Encompassing Mental Health

September 25, 2014 – 11:40 PM |

We have heard a lot about the social stigma related to mental illness especially in societies like Pakistan where education and general awareness is not sufficient enough to deal with issues of mental disability. The …

Terrorism and its Impact on the Society

September 23, 2014 – 11:00 PM |

WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (1). Terrorism has been rampant in Pakistan since 1989 following the Soviet occupation …

Dealing with Societal Pressure and its Impact on Mental Health

September 20, 2014 – 8:23 PM |

In my clinical rotation I came across a 50 year old woman diagnosed with schizophrenia. She had a history of learning disability, jaundice and head trauma. For this purpose her mother took her to Pakistan …

Coping with Hopelessness: A Mental Health Quandary

September 20, 2014 – 8:22 PM |

An 18 years old female patient was admitted in AKUH with the diagnosis of severe depression and suicidal ideation. She was admitted with complains of severe headache, anorexia and insomnia, lack of motivation and interest …

Insight: Should Family Members be Allowed During a Patient’s Resuscitation?

August 3, 2014 – 11:02 PM |

A new controversial challenge that health care providers are facing is of allowing family members in room during resuscitation. Though this subject has brought a lot of discussion but I believe that family should not …

Management of Suicidal Attempts – Are Health Care Providers Paying Due Attention?

July 23, 2014 – 5:32 PM |

Meaning of life is very much subjective based on personal feeling and thoughts; some people enjoy it at their full extent to achieve what they desire. On the other some people consider life as meaningless; …

Disclosing Medical Errors to Patients – To Do or Not to Do?

July 15, 2014 – 9:25 PM |

Disclosure of medical errors has become a controversial issue in different hospital settings. The matter of declaration of mistakes is considered destructive but it is better to disclose and settle error at its root before …

Mental Health in Pakistan: Myths and Facts

June 17, 2014 – 4:59 PM |

Mental health is very important just like our physical health. For a healthy body a healthy mind is very important. Mental health provides us resilience i.e. ability to cope up with the stress of daily …

Myths Regarding Breastfeeding in Pakistan’s Lower Socioeconomic Strata

May 27, 2014 – 1:00 PM |

The fall in breast feeding practices in Pakistan is undoubtedly because of many factors, increased urbanization, rapid supply of infant formula, desire to be ‘modern’, thinking to get milk tested before nursing it to infant. …

Suicidal Behaviors among Youth in Pakistan and Prevention

May 26, 2014 – 5:28 PM |

There was a time, when people used to avoid talking about suicide because it is very hard even to imagine“deliberately killing oneself” (World Health Organization, 2012). However, this is something that is not rare to …

In Perspective: Implications of Using Physical Restraints in Clinical Settings

January 22, 2014 – 7:40 PM |

This argumentative essay is directed toward the healthcare professionals and especially the nurses who are most of the time in contact with the patients and are better aware of their needs and feelings. Based on …

Hospital Horrors: Prescribing Errors Continue to Plague UK Patients

December 24, 2013 – 6:04 PM |

If you or a loved one becomes ill or injured, it will often be a terrifying time, and admission to hospital should result in feeling relief that you’re in safe hands. However, if mistakes are …

Violation of Abortion Laws: Cries from Pennsylvania’s Back-Alleys

November 22, 2013 – 7:28 PM |

I recently read an article in the Student BMJ about the horrific crimes that an American doctor named Kermit Gosnell committed. The author described how Gosnell performed abortions after the 24 week limit and made …

Aging with Grace: A Stage of Strengths and Opportunities

November 20, 2013 – 3:10 AM |

Healthy aging is the development and maintenance of optimal mental, social, and physical well-being and function in older adults. This will most likely be achieved when communities are safe, promote health and well-being and use …

Violence Against Children With Disability: Pinnacle Of Helplessness

November 9, 2013 – 10:09 PM |

Children with disability are the most sensitive and exposed group of people who are vulnerable to violence. It is because of the attached stigma and prejudice that any kind of disability, which can hinder a …

Empowering Women At Work: Refuting Societal Norms

November 2, 2013 – 7:14 PM |

A woman has been beautifully described by Eleanor Roosevelt in her saying , “A woman is like a tea bag, you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” Likewise, a woman …

Biological Weaponry – A Medical Faux Pas?

October 14, 2013 – 6:04 PM |

Just as a “disasters are an opportunity for development”, the Second World War is known to give birth to “huge advances in medical knowledge and surgical techniques”. This article would provide you with the highlights …

Mother-Daughter Relationship: Overcoming Shyness about Discussing Reproductive Health

September 21, 2013 – 10:21 PM |

Fatima is a ten year old girl living with her family in a small village of Pakistan. She is a school going child. One day upon returning from school, she could feel her private parts …

Alleviating Psychiatric Illness – The Integral Role of Family

September 13, 2013 – 11:37 PM |

During our clinical rotation to psychiatric department at Civil Hospital, Pakistan, I had a 28 years old patient who was tentatively diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and was accompanied by his father who was there with …

Physically Restraining Psychiatric Patients: More Harm that Good?

September 10, 2013 – 11:26 PM |

Breathing in the room with the air of dignity is far better than to live in an environment where you are powerless. Physical restraint refers to “any manual method, or mechanical device attached or adjacent …