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Parenting manual launch

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), Guwahati City Branch and Guwahati Psychiatry Club had organised a CME where the parenting and caregivers’ manual in Assamese version: “Asar Beboharor Pora Protipalonoloi… Ek Obhivabokor Haat Puthi”, coauthored by Dr Bornali Das, Senior Lecturer of Psychiatric Social Work, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) as well as Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) along with Prof Dipesh Bhagabati, Former HOD, Department of Psychiatry, GMCH was inaugurated that focused on parents’ communication styles and discipline issues.

The manual was launched by Prof HR Phookun, HOD, Department of Psychiatry, GMCH. IPCA Laboratories Ltd has supported and cosponsored for the manual as well as for the event. Many senior paediatricians congratulated and expressed gratitude to select the platform to launch and expressed the need to join hands in treating autism and ADHD. It was requested that copies of the parenting and caregivers’ manual are made available in their clinics.


Unaiza Niaz joins Editorial Board

unUnaiza Niaz, MD, DPM, FRCPsych joins the Editorial Board of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®). Prof Niaz is a Consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist.

She is Honorary Member of The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) as well as Arab Federation of Psychiatrists. She is also Advisory Council Member, Section on Women’s Mental Health, WPA; Distinguish International Member, American Psychiatric Association; Advisory Board Member, International Association of Women’s Mental Health; and Vice President, Eastern Mediterranean Region, & Board Member, World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH).

“The Pakistan Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (PSTSS) was founded in December 2005, following the Pakistan Earthquake. Soon a virtual Institute of Psycho Trauma Pakistan (IPTP) was formed as a project of PSTSS .The idea was for the professionals to share information about the effects of trauma, both locally & internationally. IPTP, is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about psycho trauma and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences.” Prof Niaz is the President of PSTSS (http://psychotrauma.pk) and one of the trustees of PANAH (http://www.panahshelter.org/) that “provides shelter and solace to women who are victims of domestic and societal injustices and empowers them to take the path of soico- economic independence”.

She authored the Guest Editorial, titled “Women and mental health”.


Adverse drug reactions of psychotropic drugs

Adverse drug reactions monitoring of psychotropic drugs: a tertiary care centre study

Mariya Yacob, Hemendra Singh, Letty Sabu, Mamatha K

Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2017 Apr 28. [Epub ahead of print]. Available from: http://www.ojpas.com/get_file.php?id=31913053&vnr=745194



Global psychiatry: a LAMIC perspective

In today’s (Friday 28 April 2017) Horizon, the supplement with The Assam Tribune, Shyamanta Das wrote about the Editorial of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®), titled “Global psychiatry: a LAMIC perspective” in his Mind Matters column by the same title wherein the ‘nouveau’ approach of the journal is highlighted.


Morbid jealousy

Phenomenology and predisposing factors of morbid jealousy in a psychiatric outdoor: a cross-sectional, descriptive study

Satyajeet Kumar Singh, Samrat Singh Bhandari, Pramod Kumar Singh

Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2017 April 26. [Epub ahead of print]. Available from: http://www.ojpas.com/get_file.php?id=31909229&vnr=751759



Involuntary hospitalisation and schizophrenia

Predictors of involuntary hospitalisation of patients suffering from schizophrenia

Ivana Stasevic Karlicic, Milena Stasevic, Igor Grbic, Slobodan Jankovic, Zoran Bukumiric, Slavica Djukic Dejanovic

Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2017 Apr 26. [Epub ahead of print]. Available from: http://www.ojpas.com/get_file.php?id=31908954&vnr=895409



LAMIC psychiatry

Global psychiatry: a LAMIC perspective

Shyamanta Das, Bornali Das, Mythili Hazarika

Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2017 Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print]. Available from: http://www.ojpas.com/get_file.php?id=31893684&vnr=253504



Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Dr Bornali Das (MSW, MPhil, PhD), Senior Lecturer, Psychiatric Social Work, Department of Psychiatry, Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati, Assam and Secretary, Society for Mental Health in LAMIC (SoMHiL) was invited for a two-day workshop on “Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing” held on 19 and 20 April 2017 in Rajiv Gandhi Central University, Doimukh, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. Dr Bornali delivered on ‘Risk and protective factors of suicide prevention’ and ‘Psychological first aid training for youth’. In her presentation she showed videos related to suicide survivors, activities like balloon burst, role play done from stories of real life situations and related to suicide risk; these generated interesting discussion and insights. Delegates were taught to administer SADPERSONS suicide assessment scale and few key questions to assess the intent. Oxford Happiness questionnaire was distributed and assessed towards the end of the sessions. Delegates reported they were enriched to gain knowledge on their happiness index. Faculties and delegates of the university have applauded on her deliberation.2017.04.20

Recent statistics say that there is a rise of youth suicide attempt and suicidal behaviour in the state of Arunachal Pradesh along with substance abuse. The university is planning to open “Centre for Youth Development” under Department of Social Work. Psychological counselling and community support services will be undertaken.

The workshop was attended by 70 delegates from across departments like Economics, Mathematics, Sociology, Education, Commerce, Physical Education apart from Department of Social Work students. Dr Tame Kena, Psychiatrist, RK Mission Hospital, Itanagar spoke on ‘Role of depression in suicide’. Ms Buli Daimari, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, LGB Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur, Assam energised the delegates with activities focusing on ‘Lifestyle and stress’.  Dr Apurba Saha, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Tezpur Central University delivered on ‘Identifying emotions and stress and prevention of suicide’. The session of Mrs Angshu Lama, Lecturer cum Vice Principal, School of Nursing, Down Town Hospital, Guwahati was on ‘Positive metal health perspective and strengthening gatekeepers of suicide prevention’.


A North East India-based study on Autism

The final version of the article, titled “Impact of stress, coping, social support, and resilience of families having children with autism: a North East India-based study” with full bibliographic details is now available online, providing free access to the article, and is valid for 50 days, until June 07, 2017. Anyone who clicks on the following link until June 07, 2017, will be taken to the final version of the article on ScienceDirect for free. No sign up or registration is needed – just click and read!




Autism and Northeast India

Astitva, a multispeciality centre for holistic intervention is situated in Guwahati. Among the different services offered, one is management of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A research work was carried out among the parents of those children attending the centre.

The work was presented as poster during the 22nd World Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP 2016) held in The Ashok, New Delhi from 30 November to 4 December by Bornali Das (Secretary of the Society for Mental Health in LAMIC [SoMHiL]), Kakoli Nath (Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist as well as Founder of Astitva), and Shyamanta Das (Editor of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences [OJPAS®]).

That research is published online on 29 March 2017 in the Asian Journal of Psychiatry (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajp.2017.03.040) as full-length paper, titled “Impact of stress, coping, social support, and resilience of families having children with autism: A North East India-based study” by Shyamanta Das, Bornali Das, Kakoli Nath, Arunima Dutta (Editorial Assistant of OJPAS®), Priyanka Bora, and Mythili Hazarika (President of SoMHiL).

In today’s Horizon, the supplement with The Assam Tribune, Shyamanta Das wrote about the research paper in his fortnightly Mind Matters’ column, titled “Autism and Northeast India”.