DANA’s Annual General Meeting – Secretary’s Annual Report

DANA’s AGM for 2011 – 2019  was held at DANA on Sunday, the 30th June, 2019.

                DIAGNOSTIC AND APPLIED NEURO-PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION(DANA)

                                        ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2018-2019

            To be Presented in the Annual General Meeting of DANA in its Registered Office on

                                                  30th June 2019 at 12-00 Noon

                    Diagnostic and Applied Neuro-psychological Association (DANA)  is a registered non-profit  organization which was established on February 10, 2000  by a group of Professional Mental Health Workers with a noble mission  to render services to the community for promoting mental health status of the same. DANA continues its work as a registered NGO since 2002. At present, there are Total 28 Members i.e. (namely 15 General Members, 1 Honorary Member and12 Life Members) and 48 Associate Members.

The Executive Committee of DANA for 2018-2020 consists of Dr. Amal Kr. Mallick as President, Dr. Sheila Banerjee as Vice-President, Dr. Sayandip Ghosh as  Secretary, Mrs. Pallabi Mukhopadhyay as Jt. Secretary, Mr. Pranab Kumar Moitra as Treasurer, Dr. Amit Chakraborty, Dr. Gautam Bandopadhyay, Mrs. Sutapa Chakraborty, Mrs. Bandana Mukherjee, Mrs. Ratna Mitra and Mrs. Rita Roy as Members. Mrs. Sutapa Chakraborty as Co-coordinator has  helped towards smooth functioning of DANA since inception.

The Executive Committee Meetings were held on 17th June 2018, 16th July 2018, 30th  December 2018, 21st   January 2019 & 25th March 2019.                                     

                        Different activities of DANA ( April 2018- March 2019 ) 

  1. A) Clinical Services
    The services offered by DANA can be assessed from the following statistics

Registered new clients – 876

  1. B) Public awareness programmes
  2. i) The fourth Mental Health Fair was organised by DANA on 1st October 2018 to commemorate Mental Health week and Mental Health Day .The following NGO S  working in the field of mental health participitated in the function: Pavlov Institute, Kolkata, Manab Sangbed, Sodepur, Girindrasekhar Institute of Psychological Education and Research,Kolkata and Manas, Madanpur. A seminar was held on the occasion on the theme for the year 2019 e.g., ” Young people and Mental Health in a changing world” .The speakers were Dr.Sayandip Ghosh, Mrs. Bandana Mukherjee, Mr Tarun kumar Dutta and Mrs Krishna sarbari Dasgupta. Dr.Gautam Bandyopadhyay and Dr.Amit Chakraborty participitated in the interactive session. Mr. Himadri Barua, Advocate was felicitated for his service to DANA during last few years.
  3. ii) DANA participated actively in the kolkata Book Fair 2019 .All books of DANA were exhibited at the stall of Shabdohorin..
  4. C) Orientation Programmes/Workshops

The following orientation programmes were held by DANA between April 2018 and Match 2019:-

  1. i) Orientation programme on Career Counselling on 29th April 2018
    Speakers were Mrs Pallabi Mukhopadhyay, Mrs Shubhra Baneerjee Pal & Mr Subir Nag.
  2. ii) Orientation programme on ” Changing thoughts as  Therapy ”
    Speakers were Dr.Sayandip Ghosh, Dr.Sheila Banerjee , Dr.Gautam Bandopadhyay, Mrs Rita roy.

iii) Orientation programme on Developmental and Intellectual Problems on Children on 5th August 2018 Speakers were  Dr.Amit Chakraborty , Dr.Gautam Bandopadhyay  &              Dr. Anirban Ray.

  1. iv) Orientation   programme on Borderline Intellectual Functioning and Borderline Personality Disorder on 2nd September 2018 Speakers were Dr.Amit Chakraborty & Dr Gautam Bandyopadhyay.
  2. v) Orientation programme on Childhood Trauma on 18 th November 2018
    Speakers were Dr.Amal kumar Mullic, Dr.Amit Chakraborty, Dr.Sheila Banerjee & Mrs Rita Roy .
  3. vi) Orientation programme on Care Giving Stress: Dilemma and Solutions on 30th December 2018. The Key Speaker was Dr.Gautam Bandopadhyay.

vii) Orientation programme on Dialectical Behavior Therapy ( DBT) on 17th January 2019 .
The Key Speaker was Dr.Sudipa Deshmukh.

viii) Orientation programme on Identifying and Classifying Symptoms in the Mind held on 31st March 2019. The Speakers Dr.Gautam             Bandopadhyay,  Dr. Sayandip Ghosh, Dr.Ranjit Majumdar (emeritus professor of West Virginia university ,USA delivered a lecture on       psychophysics  connecting kind and body on 30th Dec 2018..

D – Cultural Activities

(a)  On 9th May, 2018, DANA organized Rabindra Jayanti at its premises. All members and guests actively participated in the programme.

(b)  On 21st October,2018,` Bijoya Sammilani was hosted by Dr Amit Chakraborty at his residence.

(c)  On 21st March 2019, the members of DANA gathered in the residence of Dr Amit Chakraborty on the occasion of Doljatra.

E – Computerization

E-billing and E- management of data related to all registered clients of DANA has been continuing over the last six financial years and is being effectively carried on.

F-  Acknowledgement

A deep sense of gratitude is expressed to A.C.Behera & Co for auditing the Accounts of DANA like previous years at a nominal fee.

Last, but not the least, it is the whole hearted co-operation from all categories of  Members and Office colleagues e.g., Ms. Puja Dutta, Mr. Subhas Maitra, and Mr. Animesh Patra, that has  helped DANA to successfully render its se

Dr.Sayandip Ghosh

(Secretary)

 

 

 

 

THERE IS NO FUTURE FOR MARRIAGE – DEABATE

DANA organised a very interesting debate on ‘Future of Marriage’ on 17th June2019 at Jibananda Sabhaghar, Babgla Academy, Kolkata. The motion was ‘There is no future of the Institution of Marraiage’. Pracheta Gupta, writer, Krisnasarbari Dasgupta, Media Personality and Dr Amit Chakraborty spoke for the motion. Tarun Dutta, Counsellor, Dr Basabi Chakraborty, Sociologist and Dr Gautam Bandyopadhyay, Neuropsychiatrist spoke against the motion. Ratna Mitra was the Moderator. At the end of the debate, the audience in the pacjed auditorium voted for tge motion.

Eminent Environmentalist Prof Sujoy Basu released the book DAMPATWA on Marital Relationship published by DANA.

workshop on Social Victimisation

Workshop on Social Victimisation was organised at DANA on 28th Febbruary 2019. Ms Bandana Mukhopadhyay, Ms Subhra Banerjee Pal and Ms Pallabi Mukhopahyay spoke on various psychological issue connected to Social Victimisation. Dr Bula Bhatra, eminent Sociologist attended the Workshop and spoke on Sexual Victimization.

 

Special Lecture at DANA

DANA along with Association for Improvement of Mathematics Teaching AIMT organized a special lecture on  ‘Psychophysics connecting Mind & Body’ by Dr Ranjit Majumder, Emeritus Professor, West Virginia University, USA on 30th December 2018 at 5 pm. Prof Dilip Simha, Ex Vice Chancellor of Viswa Bharati Univèrsity and Prof Amal Mullick, President of DANA were present on the dais.

Workshop on Chilhood Trauma

  1. Daylong Workshop on Childhood Trauma was organised at DANA on 18th November,  2018. The Key Speakes were Dr Amal.Mullick, Dr Sheila Banerjee, Ms Rita Roy and Dr Amit Chakraborty. Dr Gautam Bandyopadhyay and Dr Sayandip Ghosh also highlighted various aspects of Child Abuse. The parcipants shared their experience individuals and therapists.
  • CHILDHOOD TRAUMA      by Dr Amit Chakraborty

 

Prior to 1980, the link between childhood trauma/abuse/neglect and adult-life issues like depression, anxiety, and addiction was for the most part unacknowledged. In fact, most people thought that as long as a child was fed and sheltered, his or her emotional and psychological development would take care of itself. The idea that caregiver issues (depression, anxiety, addiction, and the like) could impact a child’s development and future life just wasn’t a consideration.
In the 1980s, it was officially recognized that that adult-life psychological symptoms and disorders could be caused by early-life family dysfunction and traumatic experiences rather than some inherent flaw or weakness in a person’s character or genetic makeup. In other words, it was finally understood that many of the people with emotional, psychological, and even behavioural issues were simply responding in a misguided way to past events. A lack of fortitude and moral fibre had nothing to do with it. So advising people to suck it up and get on with their lives, which therapists had been doing for decades – with little to no clinical success – was not the right approach.
Trauma Basics
Generally speaking, trauma is any event (real or perceived) that is physically and/or emotionally overwhelming. Trauma can occur on a one-time basis (getting mugged), a limited-time basis (experiencing a temporary health crisis), or repeatedly (ongoing childhood abuse). Some things are traumatic for just about anyone – physical and/or sexual assaults, armed combat, terrorist attacks, and the like. However, most potentially traumatic experiences are subjective in nature, meaning that one person might be highly traumatized, while another is barely fazed.
One form of trauma that tends to affect pretty much everyone is childhood abuse, especially if it occurs within the family. In general, intra-family child abuse (emotional/psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, inconsistent parenting, and the like) is more damaging, with a wider array of later-life problems, than trauma that is more impersonal or random. This is caused by three primary factors:
• When abuses are committed by a loved one, the abuse also involves significant betrayal.
• Children, especially in regard to parents and other primary caregivers, are in a position of dependency and vulnerability, and cannot easily find recourse or even a sympathetic ear.
• Abuses within the family tend to be chronic (ongoing) in nature – one incident after another.
Chronic childhood trauma is usually much more difficult to deal with than single incident trauma, because chronic traumatization creates a complex layering of emotional damage, with each layer building upon and reinforcing earlier harms. In time, chronically traumatized children learn that they cannot trust their caregiver(s), but this does not mean that their need/desire for healthy connection to the adult(s) in their life goes away. Is it any wonder these individuals sometimes struggle as adults?
Trauma Facts
Childhood trauma typically does more damage than adult-life incidents of trauma. In fact, research shows that kids are much more likely than adults to develop trauma-driven disorders (PTSD, depression, anxiety, addictions, and the like), particularly if the trauma is chronic and no relief or support is available.
Other research shows that the more times a child is traumatized, the more likely he or she is to experience adverse reactions and consequences later in life. For instance, individuals with four or more significantly traumatic experiences prior to age 18 are:
• 1.8 times as likely to smoke cigarettes
• 1.9 times as likely to become obese
• 2.4 times as likely to experience ongoing anxiety
• 2.5 times as likely to experience panic reactions
• 3.6 times as likely to be depressed
• 3.6 times as likely to qualify as promiscuous
• 6.6 times as likely to engage in early-life sexual intercourse
• 7.2 times as likely to become alcoholic
• 11.1 times as likely to become intravenous drug users
So yeah, early-life trauma is a driving factor for adult-life anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, attachment deficit disorders, addictions, and more.
3 Ways to Help Children Heal from Traumatic Life Experiences
1. Promote Embodied Awareness

Be willing to listen and respect the embodied and subjective experience that each child holds to be true. What does this mean? Neuroscience research shows that every traumatic experience is felt in the human body. When children become aware of their bodies, that awareness communicates important information to their brain. The brain, in turn, makes corrective changes and restores healthy functioning.

A simple shift in conversation can help children become more aware of their bodies. For example, instead of simply asking, “How do you feel?” you might ask, “How and where do you feel that (fear, anger, sadness) in your body?” When children become accustomed to connecting their feelings with bodily sensations, they achieve embodied awareness. Aided by embodied awareness, we can look more closely, hear more accurately, and feel more actively in the moment, a mindfulness that can shift habitual autonomic fixed patterns from trauma.”
2. Create Meaningful Rituals

We can help children recover from painful events and hurtful relationships by working with them to create meaningful rituals. Again, body-based activities should be front and centre, engaging the right hemisphere of the brain to connect to a child’s subjective way of knowing. Integration of the arts, music, contemplative practices, and dance, says Stanley, can transform the chaos of trauma into relational resources for growth.

The goal of rituals is to create human connections. When parents and teachers create safe spaces for children to express themselves, explore their feelings, and become aware of the sensations in their bodies, children feel what it means to be human. Stanley suggests that ceremony changes the brain in ways that convert fear to love, facilitating growth and development.
3. Connect through Somatic Empathy

Somatic empathy communicates to people suffering from trauma that they are seen, felt, and understood just as they are, allowing them to feel felt. Parents, teachers, and all caring adults have the ability to help children heal through our interactions with them and through our mindful attention to their body-based cues.

For example, when a child aches in his stomach, feels tension in her jaw, or experiences tight sensations in his chest, we can help that child more consciously connect these sensations to a deeper self-knowing. We do this through authentic listening and a sense of respect for how a child feels and experiences those feelings in his or her body. We are consciously present, helping children reflect and gain embodied self-awareness.

Through compassionate relationships based in somatic empathy, a child’s brain changes in ways that repair the effects of trauma.