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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 135-137

The Lord Buddha destigmatizes mental illness


1 Department of Psychiatry, Madras Medical College, Institute of Mental Health, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India

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Prof. Ottilingam Somasundaram
Thanigai Illam, No. 30, 23rd Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai - 600 090, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_293_17

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The authors describe the encounter of Lord Buddha with a greatly mentally disturbed woman named as Patacara (literally in Pali: "the shameless" or "the naked" woman). His reception of her in spite of the dislike of the listeners of his discourse, his explanation of her difficulties, and consolation are mentioned. Her elevation as one of the great Bhikkunis as "The One with Discipline of the Mind" is an outstanding example of destigmatization of mental illness.



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