‘In­te­gra­tion of men­tal care and brain care is in­evitable’

It is es­sen­tial to iden­tify ther­a­peu­tic treat­ments: ex­pert

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Staff Reporter

The in­te­gra­tion of psy­chi­a­try and neu­rol­ogy — in other words, men­tal care and brain care — is in­evitable to dis­en­tan­gle the amal­ga­ma­tion of com­plex epilep­tic prob­lems and to iden­tify ef­fec­tive ther­a­peu­tic treat­ments, Kousuke Kanemoto of Aichi Med­i­cal Univer­sity, Akita, Ja­pan, said.

“Many epilep­tic cases rep­re­sent an amal­ga­ma­tion of com­plex so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues — not just brain mal­func­tions, thus ne­ces­si­tat­ing ex­tra med­i­cal care such as job coach­ing and psy­chother­apy,” he said. He was de­liv­er­ing the 16th M.V. Arunacha­lam En­dow­ment Lec­ture on “Brain­storms and the Mind: Ex­plor­ing the Border­lands Be­tween Epilepsy and Schizophre­nia”.

Dr. Kanemoto pointed out that the Ja­pan Epilepsy So­ci­ety was formed by a psy­chi­a­trist in the mid-1970s, when about 60% of its mem­bers were psy­chi­a­trists and the rest were neu­rol­o­gists.

How­ever, in the re­cent times, the per­cent­age of psy­chi­a­trists among the mem­bers of the so­ci­ety had come down to just 5, Dr. Kanemoto said.

A. Vel­layan, for­mer ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, Mu­ru­gappa Group, and trustee, Vel­layan Chet­tiar Trust, presided and En­na­padam S. Kr­ish­namoor­thy, founder, Neu­rokr­ish, Trimed, which or­gan­ised the event, wel­comed the gath­er­ing.

Mr. Vel­layan launched a ded­i­cated Mo­bile Ther­apy Unit do­nated by the Mu­ru­gappa Group to the “Bud­dhi on Wheels” pro­gramme, which ad­dresses the twin chal­lenges of mo­bil­ity and men­tal health that most peo­ple with neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­abil­ity face across the lifes­pan, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease.

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