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   2007| January-March  | Volume 49 | Issue 1  
 
 
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VIEW POINT
The task before psychiatry today
Ajai R Singh
January-March 2007, 49(1):60-65
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31521  PMID:20640068
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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Creativity and mental health: A profile of writers and musicians
KS Pavitra, CR Chandrashekar, Partha Choudhury
January-March 2007, 49(1):34-43
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31516  PMID:20640063
Creativity and its link with mental health have always been much speculated about. However there have been a handful of methodologically sound studies to clearly establish the relationship between creativity and mental health. The objective of the study therefore was to examine the psychiatric morbidity stress profile, coping skills and personality profile in creative versus non-creative populations. Forty writers, 40 musicians and 40 controls chosen after randomization, who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria constituted the sample of the study. All the subjects were administered GHQ-28; SCAN for all GHQ positives (and 10% of GHQ-ves), Perceived stress scale and coping check list and NEO-FFI. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS 11.0 version. Pearson's correlation, Chi-square and ANOVA one-way tests were used. The present study corroborated the findings of earlier studies in 70's and 80's that there was no difference between creative and non-creative groups in terms of mental illness and stress profile. The writers differed significantly from the other two groups on religious and faith domain of coping skills. The two creative groups had similar personality characteristics and scored significantly high on all dimensions compared to the non-creative group.
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Prevalence of alcohol and drug dependence in rural and slum population of Chandigarh: A community survey
BS Chavan, Priti Arun, Rachna Bhargava, Gurvinder Pal Singh
January-March 2007, 49(1):44-48
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31517  PMID:20640064
The present epidemiological survey was conducted by the department of psychiatry, Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh to estimate the pattern of alcohol and other substance dependence in rural and slum dwellers population of Chandigarh. In this survey 6.88% individuals of the total population surveyed (2992) fulfilled dependence criteria of ICD-10. Alcohol was the primary substance of dependence for majority of urban slum substance users and rural areas users. Age at first drug use was 20.89 5.31 years (mean S.D) among rural population and 19.75 5.4 years (mean SD) in urban slums. Majority of them reported having health related complications (85.71%) followed by family problems (77.31%) due to drug dependence. This survey reflects the need to intensify efforts at the community level to reach the unreached.
  3 15,173 1,425
PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS
Making psychiatry a household word
IRS Reddy
January-March 2007, 49(1):10-18
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31513  PMID:20640060
  3 6,043 502
CME
Mirror neuron system
V Rajmohan, E Mohandas
January-March 2007, 49(1):66-69
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31522  PMID:20640069
  2 8,421 1,122
BRIEF COMMUNICATION
A follow up study of seasonality in affective disorders: A preliminary study
Ajit Avasthi, Nitasha Khehra, Nitin Gupta
January-March 2007, 49(1):49-51
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31518  PMID:20640065
Background: Researchers have evinced interest in the effect of seasonality on certain behavioural and emotional disorders, the most prominent being Affective Disorders. Aim: To assess the pattern of seasonality and the clinical course in cases of affective disorder in a tertiary care psychiatric centre in North India. Materials and Methods: Thirteen patients diagnosed as cases of affective disorder as per ICD- 10 DCR (F30-39) were re-assessed using seasonal pattern assessment questionnaire (SPAQ) after a period of 5-7 years. Results: Majority of the patients (53.8%) were males. Recurrent depressive disorder current episode moderate with/without somatic syndrome was the commonest current diagnosis as per ICD-10 DCR. Mean global seasonality score was 3.46 (S.D, 6.55; range 1-24) as assessed by SPAQ. Most of the patients did not report any variation in mood, behaviour, sleep pattern and weight fluctuations. Conclusions: It has been demonstrated that manifestation of an affective disorder is not necessarily associated with high seasonality change.
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CURRENT THEMES
The new patent regime: Implications for patients in India
Chittaranjan Andrade, Nilesh Shah, Sarvesh Chandra
January-March 2007, 49(1):56-59
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31520  PMID:20640067
  1 5,591 550
REVIEW ARTICLE
Pharmacoprophylaxis of alcohol dependence: Review and update Part I: Pharmacology
Sandeep Grover, Gaurav Bhateja, Debasish Basu
January-March 2007, 49(1):19-25
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31514  PMID:20640061
Alcohol dependence is a major problem in India. The pharmacological armamentarium for relapse prevention of alcohol has widened with the addition of new drugs. In this article, we review the pharmacology and efficacy of the four most important such drugs: disulfiram, naltrexone, acamprosate and topiramate. The first part of this two-part review series concerns the comparative pharmacology and the second part concerns the efficacy studies. Overall, all four of these drugs have modest but clinically significant usefulness as pharmacoprophylactic agents for relapse prevention or minimization of alcohol dependence. Combinations might be helpful, especially for naltrexone and acamprosate. The issue of supervision and compliance remains important, especially for such drugs as disulfiram and naltrexone. Topiramate is a promising new agent and requires further study. Disulfiram, while very effective in compliant patients, presents challenges in terms of patient selection and side effects. For patients with hepatic impairment, acamprosate is a good choice.
  1 7,545 1,055
Pharmacoprophylaxis of alcohol dependence: Review and update Part II: Efficacy
Sandeep Grover, Debasish Basu, Gaurav Bhateja
January-March 2007, 49(1):26-33
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31515  PMID:20640062
Alcohol dependence is a major problem in India. The pharmacological armamentarium for relapse prevention of alcohol has widened with the addition of new drugs. In this article, we review the pharmacology and efficacy of the four most important such drugs: disulfiram, naltrexone, acamprosate and topiramate. The first part of this two-part review series concerns the comparative pharmacology and the second part concerns the efficacy studies. Overall, all four of these drugs have modest but clinically significant usefulness as pharmacoprophylactic agents for relapse prevention or minimization of alcohol dependence. Combinations might be helpful, especially for naltrexone and acamprosate. The issue of supervision and compliance remains important, especially for such drugs as disulfiram and naltrexone. Topiramate is a promising new agent and requires further study. Disulfiram, while very effective in compliant patients, presents challenges in terms of patient selection and side effects. For patients with hepatic impairment, acamprosate is a good choice.
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BOOK REVIEW
Book review
Ajit V Bhide
January-March 2007, 49(1):71-72
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EDITOR SPEAKS
An opportunity and a beginning!
TS Sathyanarayana Rao
January-March 2007, 49(1):1-2
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31510  PMID:20640057
  - 1,936 208
EDITORIAL
Psychiatrist and the science of criminology: Sociological, psychological and psychiatric analysis of the dark side
TS Sathyanarayana Rao
January-March 2007, 49(1):3-5
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31511  PMID:20640058
  - 7,823 601
INVITED EDITORIAL
Of ethically compromising positions and blatant lies about 'truth serum'
AK Kala
January-March 2007, 49(1):6-9
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31512  PMID:20640059
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LETTER TO EDITOR
Methods of coping and burden of illness: Cause or confound?
Chittaranjan Andrade
January-March 2007, 49(1):70-70
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31523  PMID:20640070
  - 2,312 250
LITERARY PSYCHIATRY
The psychiatry of King Lear
Somasundaram Ottilingam
January-March 2007, 49(1):52-55
DOI:10.4103/0019-5545.31519  PMID:20640066
  - 7,869 444