A new mental health facility and a specialised psychiatric services block has been started at King George Hospital here on Saturday. G. Arjuna, Superintendent, King George Hospital, and P. V. Sudhakar, Principal Andhra Medical College, inaugurated the block.Dr. Arjuna said that as many patients have associated emotional problems a focussed centre has been started to provide specialised mental health services, child mental health services, de-addiction services and student counselling services. The services will be provided by an experienced team headed by N.N. Raju, Professor of Psychiatry. “The facility will be operated by an experienced team consisting of one professor, one associate professor, one assistant professor and two postgraduate students. Many programmes are planned including a daycare centre, suicide helpline and community mental health services,” he said. … [Read more...] about Mental health facility opened at KGH
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Incidence of stress high in Uttar Pradesh but awareness about stress management abysmally low. A recent survey conducted by the Psychiatry Department of the King George Medical University (KGMU) has found that prevalence of stress was very high among people in Uttar Pradesh with financial difficulties being the top cause. According to a faculty member in the Psychiatry Department, the KGMU survey found that only one fourth of the people, who were surveyed, knew about healthcare facilities or management of stress related disorders. The survey conducted on 12,000 respondents mainly in small towns of the state found that a whopping 90 per cent of the people had experienced stress in the past year due to poverty and financial difficulties. The survey was conducted across four districts - Muzaffarnagar, Jhansi, Maharajganj and Lakhimpur Kheri. Dr Prakriti Poddar, expert in mental health and Director, Poddar Wellness Ltd, said, "Incidence of stress and mental disorders have increased … [Read more...] about Incidence of Mental Stress High in UP but Awareness Low
Actor Kangana Ranaut has commented on the controversy surrounding her upcoming film, Mental Hai Kya, in a statement released through her sister, Rangoli Chandel. The film was criticised for allegedly discriminating against people with mental health issues.Rangoli on Saturday wrote on Twitter, “On behalf of Kangana all I want to say is that everyone will be proud of Mental Hai Kya the topic and subject she has chosen will trigger relevant talk and discussions around the stigma.”On behalf of Kangana all I want to say is that everyone will be proud of ‘Mental Hai Kya’ the topic and subject she has chosen will trigger relevant talk and discussions around the stigma 🙏— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) April 20, 2019The film was under the scanner recently when the Indian Psychiatry Society objected to its title and demanded a change. The society had written in their letter to the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi, “We … [Read more...] about Kangana Ranaut reacts to Mental Hai Kya controversy through sister Rangoli, dismisses claims
Whether it’s ASOS or Amazon, when it comes to shopping these days, many of us will turn to the internet. But while some people only occasionally shop online, it seems that for others the habit is becoming an addiction — so much so that experts believe that it should be classed as a “mental health condition”. An analysis of about 122 people who sought treatment for compulsive shopping found that nearly 34% of the patients showed signs of addiction to online shopping, linking it to an increased risk of anxiety and depression. Researchers from Hannover Medical School in Germany claim that the so-called ‘buying-shopping disorder’ (BSD) should have its own classification, rather than its current listing as ‘other specified impulse control disorders’. Astrid Muller, who led the study, said: “It really is time to recognise BSD as separate mental health condition and to accumulate further knowledge about BSD on the internet.” … [Read more...] about Online shopping addiction a mental illness?
Irdai has listed diseases that can’t be excluded from health insurance policies, including neurodevelopmental disorders, mental illness problems, psychological disorders, genetic diseases, puberty- and menopause-related disorders. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has listed diseases that can’t be excluded from health insurance policies. It includes neurodevelopmental disorders, mental illness problems, psychological disorders, genetic diseases, puberty- and menopause-related disorders.The insurance regulator said all health covers filed and cleared after April 1, 2019, have to adhere to the guidelines issued. And, all existing health covers which are not in adherence with the guidelines would not be offered and promoted from April 1, 2020, onwards. With the number of health insurance companies and insurance products increasing in the market, the regulator wants the industry to adopt a uniform approach … [Read more...] about Buying health cover? Here’s some good news for you