Psychiatric Practice in India-Some personal Observations
Dr. A.K.Agarwal M.D.,D.P.M.
Outcome of psychiatric education and research is its implementation in clinical practice and how it has helped our population. Psychiatric theory and practice have developed in leaps and bound since Independence, yet it seems to have not proved effective over the years. The National Mental health survey points out that there is a huge gap between needs of the population and the mental health services. Most of it could be blamed on poor Mental health infrastructure, yet those who do receive help are not usually sufficiently treated. There are multiple issues that effect psychiatric practice ibn India which are specific to this country and some are like other countries. This presentation will discuss some of the following areas.
Poor availability of psychiatric services in India
Perception of mental disorders as illness or conditions that require treatment in India.
Stigma associated with psychiatric illness.
Multiple treatment modalities like Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, faith healing, Yoga and others
Poor training of psychiatrists during Post graduate training program for psychiatric practice
Gap in research and its application in clinical practice
Issues specific to psychiatry
Biological vs psychological treatments
Patients acceptance of psychiatric treatment
Family's approach to psychiatric treatment
Chronic nature of psychiatric illnesses
Burn out in psychiatrists
These issues will be discussed in relation to current day psychiatric practice in India
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None