OJPAS this issue

Shyamanta Das

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India

Das S. OJPAS this issue. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:1-2. Epub 2015 Jan 11.

Correspondence: dr.shyamantadas@gmail.com

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            This issue, i.e. January-June 2015, Volume 6 Number 1, of Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS), Formerly DYSPHRENIA™ contains two editorials discussing the contents and title change, respectively.[1,2] One article,[3] seven researches,[4-10] and four cases[11-14] constitute the rest. Sfera and Osorio[3] tried to understand neuropsychiatric conditions with the concept of neurovascular unit.

            Different symptoms for the same disorder according to sex have important management implications. Sreevani[4] found that while depression, total somatic, quality of life (QOL), and functional impairment scores were same for both the sexes, women scored high in constipation and back pain scores. Another important treatment implication for depression is the availability of effective alternative therapies. Dev et al.[5] demonstrated reduction in depressive symptoms with music therapy in elderly persons.

            A measure of QOL, i.e. health related QOL (HRQOL), was used in a general medical condition, namely chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). And Sarma and Konwar[6] showed that COPD patients had reduced HRQOL that was positively correlated with psychosocial factors. In another general medical condition, i.e. myocardial infarction, depressed patients were poorer in QOL. It led Dutta et al.[9] to conclude that in such patients depressive symptoms demand routine screening.

            Continuing the talk on co-morbidities between psychiatric disorders and general medical condition, depression and cancer is a common co-occurrence. Konwar et al.[8] studied coping strategies in those group of patients, and adopting effective coping strategies seem to be essential for improved QOL.

            The two studies on psychotic disorders constituted approaches of completely different dimensions. Nath et al.[7] designed their study to see how effective was planned exercise programme in improving schizophrenia’s negative symptoms. Das et al.[10] investigated prolactin in patients on olanzapine with respect to sex, dose, and duration.

            Though known for lower risk of extrapyramidal synrome (EPS), Gedam and Ghosh[11] presented a case of quetiapine induced dystonia. The two patients with Kleine-Levin syndrome in Sengupta et al.’s[12] case represented the extremes of ages, and both responded to lithium. Ghosh and Kalita[13] reported for the first time a case of Rett’s syndrome from this eastern part of the country. Singh et al.[14] discussed a case with the unusual presentation of trichotillomania which was combined with personality disorder, namely antisocial.

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1.       Das S. OJPAS this issue. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:1-2. Epub 2015 Jan 11.

2.      Das S, Talukdar U. “For the times they are a-changin’”. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:3. Epub 2014 Nov 11.

3.      Sfera A, Osorio C. Non-neuronal cells, information processing, and neuropsychiatric syndromes. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:4-8. Epub 2014 Jul 23.

4.      Sreevani R. Gender differences in somatic symptoms, quality of life, and functional impairment in depressive patients. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:9-14. Epub 2014 Aug 8.

5.      Dev A, KV Smitha, Pillai RR. Music therapy for institutionalised elderly persons with depression. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:15-9. Epub 2014 Aug 14.

6.      Sarma J, Konwar G. Impact of psychosocial factors on health-related quality of life in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:20-7. Epub 2014 Sep 3.

7.      Nath B, Baruah A, Ahmed N. A study to assess the effectiveness of planned exercise programme in patients with schizophrenia. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:28-34. Epub 2014 Oct 1.

8.      Konwar G, Fanai L, K Vanrammawia. A pilot study to assess the level of depression and the coping strategies adopted by cancer patients receiving treatment in Mizoram State Cancer Institute, Aizawl. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:35-43. Epub 2014 Oct 10.

9.      Dutta H, Ghosh S, Dutta DJ. Impact of depression on quality of life of patients having history of recent myocardial infarction. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:44-9. Epub 2014 Oct 16.

10.   Das D, Talukdar U, Chisty SJS, Das MK, Das S. Serum prolactin level in patients taking olanzapine. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:50-8. Epub 2014 Oct 28.

11.    Gedam SR, Ghosh SS. Acute dystonia induced by quetiapine: a case report. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:59-61. Epub 2014 Aug 15.

12.   Sengupta S, BL Siddheswar, Chetia DJ, Baruah A. “Sleeping beauty syndrome”: two cases of Kleine-Levin syndrome. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:62-4. Epub 2014 Sep 17.

13.   Ghosh S, Kalita H. Rett’s syndrome: a case report. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:65-7. Epub 2014 Nov 17.

14.   Singh P, Gehlawat P, Gupta R, Soni S. A rare case of trichotillomania with antisocial personality disorder. Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences. 2015;6:68-70. Epub 2014 Dec 24.

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