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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 239-242

Marriage as a perceived panacea to mental illness in India: Reality check

Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Bambolim, Goa, India

Correspondence Address:
Ashish Srivastava
Plot no. 34, Sagar Society, Dona Paula, Goa - 403 004
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.105542

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Marriage is a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law. In India, there is a tremendous social and cultural pressure to marry. It is of paramount importance to discuss the relationship between marriage and mental illness in Indian scenario as marriage is perceived to be a panacea to mental illness by many. This review aims to explore whether marriage contributes to mental-health problems; whether it has a protective role; what effect it has on pre-existing mental illnesses and its outcome in major mental illnesses.



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