Monthly Archives: September 2020

Susceptibility (risk) factors for in-patient violence at psychiatric hospitals

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The assessment and management of risk and susceptibility of violence in the patients with mental disorders residing in psychiatric hospitals have been extensively debated over the past many years. Some mental disorders and a few specific genetic factors have proven to modify the risk associated with violence. Skills for precise evaluation and management of risks are essential for psychiatrists and other clinicians involved in the treatment of mental disorders, to prevent undesirable results. Historically, risk assessment has been conducted basis the evaluators’ clinical impressions.

Despite the recent development and breakthroughs in the field of risk assessment, there has been a

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Patient assaults among staff members of Mental Health Hospitals

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Patients physically assaulting the staff at mental hospitals where they are admit, which results in minor/ severe injuries or even deaths is alarmingly prevalent in the current scenario, especially in IPD settings (such as in mental hospitals).

Paramedical staffs, psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors face manifold types of antagonism, violence, and beating at work, collectively referred to as workplace violence, which usually is sparked off by patients. Whether workplace violence negatively affects staff well-being may be related not only to its presence, but also to a person’s pressure reactivity. The creation of a healing environment is a vital goal for

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Prevalence of self-stigma and its association with self-esteem among patients in mental hospitals

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Stigma against mental disorders cuts across all age, religion, ethnic origin or socio-economic strata. In the same way, self-stigma among psychiatric patients admit in mental hospitals or in other IPD settings is also prevalent worldwide. The consequences of self-stigma are low self-confidence, increased severity of symptoms, low adherence to prescribed medication & treatment, increased suicide rate and an overall decreased quality of life.

Mental disorders are accompanied by reactions from the societies and communities of the suffering persons, that adds a dimension of suffering to the existent condition of the sufferer, which is called “second illness” or “stigma”.

Most studies

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Multiple Barriers against Successful Care for Depressed Patients at Mental Hospitals

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A study of 21 countries with the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Surveys has concluded that only 52.6% of persons with depressive disorders in low-income countries have received treatment. Studies have recognized more than a few difficult consequences of mental disorders going untreated such as: pre-mature mortality, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, co-morbid substance abuse, addiction, poor physical health and suicide. Some initiatives have been taken up recently to reduce the gap in mental health treatment which mentally ill persons avail of at mental hospitals and in other such IPD settings.

However, the gap is still large and there is a

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Psychiatric disorders which affect suicidal patients admitted into psychiatric hospitals

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Suicidal patients admitted into psychiatric hospitals

Patients with suicidal behavior (SB) who are admitted into psychiatric hospitals are considered to be at a higher risk of suicide. However, the number of studies that have addressed this population of patients is insufficient when compared to the number of studies conducted on suicidal patients in psychiatric hospitals, both in emergency and regular IPD settings.

Suicidal behavior (SB) is a chief concern for mental health practitioners and often an underlying cause of emergency treatment and admission into psychiatric hospitals. It also requires the individual attention of the mental health practitioner as it is

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