Book: Molecular Neurobiology of Addiction Recovery

Book Title:

Molecular Neurobiology of Addiction Recovery: The 12 Steps Program and Fellowship (SpringerBriefs in Neuroscience).

Author(s): Kenneth Blum, John Femino, Scott Teitelbaum, John Giordano, Marlene Oscar-Berman, and Mark Gold.

Year: 2013.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Springer.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Since Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935, its 12 step programme of spiritual and character development has helped individuals overcome addiction.

This book takes a systematic look at the molecular neurobiology associated with each of the 12 steps.

Book: 9 Secrets Of Successful Meditation – The Ultimate Key To Mindfulness Inner Calm And Joy

Book Title:

9 Secrets Of Successful Meditation – The Ultimate Key To Mindfulness Inner Calm And Joy.

Author(s): Samprasad Vinod.

Year: 2015.

Edition: First (1ed).

Publisher: Watkins Publishing.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Only those who enjoy meditation will do it regularly and experience its many life-enhancing benefits, from an increased sense of inner calm to a feeling of deep joy in everyday life.

In this book, experienced yoga and meditation teacher Dr Samprasad Vinod uses his “9 secrets” approach to guide both newcomers and existing meditation practitioners alike in how to really embrace and get the most from a steady practice.

Coming from a rich spiritual heritage (Dr Vinod’s father was a respected spiritual master who travelled internationally as a World Peace Ambassador), Dr Vinod has created in this book a work that blends traditional Indian wisdom with his modern scientific knowledge as a Doctor.

This title is an important contribution to the field of meditation that removes many distortions and misconceptions about the realities of the practice. It helps readers to understand problems that they may encounter along the way and offers reassuring solutions for them to try. A wonderful blend of spiritual and practical wisdom.

Person-Centred Approach: Mental Health Needs & COVID-19

Research Paper Title

Person-Centered Approach to the Diverse Mental Healthcare Needs During COVID 19 Pandemic.

Background

In this COVID-19 pandemic, many mental health problems arose.

The mental health difficulties are sufficiently significant to disturb the peace and wellbeing of the people involved.

A poor population’s mental health needs are complex (elderly individuals, those with chronic co-morbidity, youth and disadvantaged population, emergency care professionals, police officers, and patients with pre-existing mental health issues).

In resource-scarce environments, in the light of the person-centered treatment paradigm, there is an immediate need to plan to meet the emerging challenge.

Reference

Kar, S.K. & Singh, N. (2020) Person-Centered Approach to the Diverse Mental Healthcare Needs During COVID 19 Pandemic. SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine. 15;1-3. doi: 10.1007/s42399-020-00428-4. Online ahead of print.

Pragmatism & Empathy in Mental Health Nurses

Research Paper Title

Mental health nurses’ understandings and experiences of providing care for the spiritual needs of service users: A qualitative study.

Background

Mental health nurses have a professional obligation to attend to service users’ spiritual needs, but little is known about specific issues related to provision of care for spiritual need faced by mental health nurses or how nurses understand this aspect of care and deliver it in practice.

To explore mental health nurses’ Ģunderstandings of spiritual need and their experiences of delivering this care for service users.

Methods

A qualitative study was conducted in one NHS mental health service. Interviews were undertaken with seventeen mental health nurses practising in a variety of areas.

Results

Four themes were generated from thematic analysis of data in the template style:

  1. Expressing personal perspectives on spirituality;
  2. Expressing perspectives on spirituality as a nursing professional;
  3. Nursing spiritually; and
  4. Permeating anxiety (integrative).

Conclusions

Participants had complex understandings of spiritual need and evident anxieties in relation to this area of care.

Two different approaches to nursing spiritually are characterised as:

  • Pragmatic (concerned with procedural aspects of care); and
  • Spiritually empathetic.

Mental health nurses were uncertain about the acceptability of attention to spiritual issues as part of care and anxious about distinguishing between symptoms of mental ill health and spiritual needs.

Educational experiences need to emphasise both pragmatic and empathetic approaches, and work needs to be organised to support good practice.

Reference

Elliot, R., Wattis, J., Chirema, K. & Brooks, J. (2020) Mental health nurses’ understandings and experiences of providing care for the spiritual needs of service users: A qualitative study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 27(2), pp.162-171. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12560. Epub 2019 Sep 16.