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A super-cyclone hit 12 coastal districts of Orissa in October 1999 and caused over 20,000 deaths and a considerable damage to property. The psychiatric sequelae of the super-cyclone was studied using a semi-structured proforma for disaster experience, Self Reporting Questionnaire, Impact of Event Scale, Post Traumatic Symptoms Scale, Hopelessness Scale,(More)
Currently there are over 164 universities in 31 countries offering undergraduate degree programs (or as an emphasis) in agricultural engineering (AE). Many of these programs are not offered through engineering colleges and thus are not accredited as engineering degrees. Some of the AE curriculums have less than 50% of the coursework in engineering and as a(More)
The aim of the study was to detect brain oedema with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) T(2) relaxation time which is an indicator of brain water was measured one day prior to the first ECT and at two hours after second ECT in five depressive patients prescribed right unilateral (RUL) ECT. MRI T(2), relaxation time was(More)
PRIORITY ISSUES IN FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY Sir, Forensic psychiatry is an emerging area of psychiatric specialization in the world. The last few decades have seen many important advances in the field of forensic psychiatry. These include the formulation of newer laws regulating the functioning of mental health care delivery systems, laws relating to the(More)
Efficacy studies comparing ECT and tricyclics in depression have had methodological limitations. This study compared EC T and imipramine (IMN) prescribed as the first line of treatment in major depression, Drug-naive, consenting, DSM-IV major depression patients (n=28), were randomized to receive either bilateral ECTs or IMN (225 mg/d) for four weeks.(More)
Mania in HIV infected individuals is an uncommon clinical presentation. It can, however, complicate any stage of the HIV infection. We herewith report a set of three case reports of patients with HIV infection who developed manic episodes. The cases highlight some aspects of the plausible relationship between HIV infection and mania. HIV infection could be(More)
Effect of the extent of motor seizure modification on cardiovascular responses in ECT was studied at the second ECT session in 50 (ULECT=25) consenting patients. Twenty five patients each received either 0.5 mg/kg or 1 mg/kg of succinylcholine in a random design. Blood pressure and heart rate were recorded on five occasions during the ECT session. Extent of(More)
Compared to the literature on adult PTSD that on PTSD in children is sparse, and one cannot generalize the adult findings to children. Parents, teachers and even the mental health professionals' under-recognize prevalence of PTSD in children. Possibly, by the use of psychological mechanisms like denial, rationalization that children are too young to(More)
Carisoprodol is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant whose active metabolite is meprobamate. There have been few reports of carisoprodol abuse from India. This is a report of a case with carisoprodol dependence. The patient also had poly substance abuse of alcohol, nicotine, benzodiazepine and dextropropoxyphene. Although no specific withdrawal(More)
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