V.K. Varma

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Fifty patients of recurrent mania were studied for seasonality of which 11 patients fulfilled our study criteria for Seasonal Affective Disorder (recurrent mania). The two groups of seasonal and nonseasonal recurrent mania were compared on clinical and socio-demographic variables. Results characterised recurrent seasonal mania with psychotic features and(More)
The present work reports about the pattern of follow up visits of a psychiatric clinic operating at a rural primary health centre. The follow up visits of patients registered in the clinic during the years 1984 and 1985 were recorded. It was observed that patients of both sexes and of all age groups almost equally attend the follow up clinic. Epileptic(More)
A psychoticism questionnaire was designed constituting 110 questions framed on the basis of the following constructs: desocialization, paranoia, thought disorder, depression, perceptual disturbance, superstitions and mania. In the initial tryout, it was administered to 40 psychotics, 40 neurotics and 40 normals and 40 items inadequately discriminating(More)
A large number of studies have consistently demonstrated the potential of yoga, not only in the treatment of psychiatric and psychosomatic disorder but also in promoting positive physical and mental health. This paper reviews various studies on the treatment of neurosis with techniques derived from yoga. A few lacunae have been identified and possible(More)
This report examines the hospital stay of psychiatric in-patients in a general hospital psychiatric setting.The hospital stay days, psychiatric diagnosis, outcome, number of re-admission and some socio-demographic details of patients admitted during one year period were recorded and analysed. The mean hospital stay was 29.39 ± 20.43 days. 60% patients(More)
5 The phenomenon of hospital readmi-ssions of psychiatric patient's has been a matter of concern ever since the concepts of 'deinstitutionalizalion' and 'community care' of these patients have been emphasised. There is evidence from the literature that readmission rate is increasing substantially A number of investigators have studied relationships between(More)
The study was carried out with the main aim of finding the relationship between the temperament 01 children and the phenomenology of the psychiatric disorders exhibited by them. Temperament was taken as the independent variable, phenomenology of the psychiatric disorders in children as the dependent variable and parental handling methods as the intervening(More)
The authors present their experience of prophylactic lithium therapy in seven children diagnosed as manic depressive psychosis, bipolar type, according to International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision. The authors demonstrate the effectiveness of lithium as a therapeutic and prophylactic agent for manic depressive illness in children. Side-effects(More)
The association between agoraphobia and alcohol dependence has been frequently observed in Western literature, but reports from India are lacking. Two cases demonstrating such an association are described. In both of them, the agoraphobic symptoms followed alcohol dependence. The interaction between these two conditions may set up a vicious cycle, and(More)