Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 170-

Message for Clinical Practice Guidelines

Vinay Kumar 
 Hony. General Secretary, Indian Psychiatric Society, Consultant Psychiatrist, Manoved Mind Hospital, Patna, India

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Dr. Vinay Kumar
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Psychiatry as a scientific branch of medicine may be new, but mental maladies and their informal management strategies have always been there. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors must have helped and comforted each other in times of need though compassionate gaze and healing touch. With the passage of time, they developed language and that made their communication easy and information storable and transferable. The stories they created, the poems they wrote, and the song they sang are effective as therapy even today. Huge storehouse of myths still help us in dealing with named-unnamed complexes. For a trembling Arjun in the “Kurukshetra” of life, the Shlokas of Geeta are effective modules of psychotherapy even today. The interface and continuum of body and mind has been most efficiently addressed by Patanjali more than 2000 years ago, and now, we have a good amount of evidence for the use of Yoga in managing mental health problems.

We, at the Indian Psychiatric Society, have always emphasized the need and importance of psychological treatment methods. Our previous editions of Clinical are Practice Guidelines testimony to this. However, the need of a dedicated book of guidelines for treatment was being felt for several years and especially after the implementation of MHCA. The evidence-based guidelines for each form of therapy have been framed by a group of experts which have been subjected to discussion, editorial scrutiny, and required modifications.

I express my gratitude to all the authors for devoting time and hard work to serve the academic needs of members and also interested nonmembers. My office expresses sincerest thanks to the Clinical Practice Guidelines Subcommittee led by Dr. Shiv Gautam, Dr. Sandeep Grover, and Dr. Siddharth Sarkar for conceptualizing, leading, and preparing the final draft. Like previous ones, this edition of Clinical Practice Guidelines is also being published as a supplement to the Indian Journal of Psychiatry. We must express our gratitude to our Hony Editor Dr. Omprakash Singh for sparing time to give final editorial touch.

I am sure, these guidelines will help us in practicing evidence and experience-based psychotherapy and alternative treatment methods.

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