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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 309-313

Indian culture and psychiatry

1 Department of Psychiatry, Sr. Professor, Superintendent, Addl. Principal, SMS Medical College, Jaipur - 302 004, India
2 2nd yr. Resident Doctor, Psychiatric Centre, SMS Medical College, Jaipur - 302 004, India

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Shiv Gautam
Psychiatric Centre, Medical College, Jaipur - 302 004
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.69259

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'Culture' is an abstraction, reflecting the total way of life of a society. Culture uniquely influences mental health of people living in a given society. Similarity in thinking and understanding of mental health across the ancient cultures has been observed. Studies which relate to the demographic factors, cultural factors influencing presentation of illness, diagnosis of the illness-culture bound syndromes and influence of the cultural factors and the belief system on psychopathology, stigma and discrimination towards the patient have been reviewed. An attempt has been made to critically look at the research on culture and psychiatry in different areas. There is a need for culturally oriented modules of non-pharmacological management.



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