South African Psychiatry Review - Volume 5, Issue 4, 2002
Volume 5, Issue 4, 2002
Author Justine GoldinSource: South African Psychiatry Review 5, pp 4 –8 (2002)More Less
Migration is one of the most enduring themes of human history. It is one of the most drastic life changes and transitions an individual can face. Each person's reaction to migration is unique; migrants may either experience stability and opportunity or a sense of emotional uprootedness, or in fact, all.
Source: South African Psychiatry Review 5, pp 9 –14 (2002)More Less
The existence of both anxiety and hysterical symptoms have been described in schizophrenic populations. Various explanations exist. The issue of whether such symptoms represent discrete clinical entities or are intrinsic to the schizophrenic process, requires further research.
Source: South African Psychiatry Review 5, pp 16 –18 (2002)More Less
Rapid turnover of patients in a general hospital psychiatric unit demands stabilization and discharge as soon as possible. It is likely that patients are being prematurely discharged because of this pressure. <br>Aim : The study sought to analyse admissions to an acute psychiatric unit with a view to determining the demographic distribution of the patients, duration of stay, and patterns of substance abuse with specific emphasis on patients discharged within seven days of admission. <br>Method :One hundred and thirty five consecutive patients, 18 years and older, who were admitted to the unit during a three-month period were included in the study. The data was obtained from a questionnaire, completed by the doctor on discharge. <br>Results :Nearly 40% of the patients were discharged within seven days of admission. Most of the patients were youthful, substance abusing males with a past psychiatric history of either an Axis I or a co-morbid Axis II disorder, and had defaulted on their regular follow up. <br>Conclusion :The profile of the short stay admissions suggests that our concerns regarding premature discharge are unjustified.
Author Levent SevincokSource: South African Psychiatry Review 5, pp 19 –20 (2002)More Less