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Psychiatric practice in dire straits

SIndia’s Mental Healthcare Act of 2017, which came into force in May last year, has been hailed as a big leap forward in safeguarding the rights of people with mental illness. The new legislation looks to empower persons suffering from various mental disorders by enabling access to healthcare and treatment from the government without discrimination. […]

S Harachand
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What powers modern psychiatry

Armed with weapons provided by cutting-edge science and technology, modern psychiatry is off to a blazing start. Mental disorders have been poorly understood for centuries.  Modern psychiatry, however, is now trying to identify biological indicators of mental illnesses by exploring the genetic, cellular and neural-network perturbations that underlie many of these conditions. Genome-wide association studies […]


“An inclusive approach can create positive change and a successful recovery”

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is an international multidisciplinary advocacy and education organization. It was founded in 1948 with goals of preventing mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health. WFMH has been an NGO with consultative status at the United […]


Mission Admission

MHCA2017 has set new criteria for admission, treatment and discharge of mentally ill people. It stipulates that patients who do not meet the criteria of ‘substantial disorder with gross impairments’ cannot be admitted even if they are keen to do so and the doctor is willing to provide treatment. Clinicians argue that such a condition […]


3rd most costly medical condition

Despondency and madness are, perhaps, the most loathed and most feared terms. The list of mental disorders is long and varied. It includes a wide spectrum of behavioural and cognitive disorders, ranging from anxiety to autism, depression to dementia and addiction to schizophrenia.  Virtually everyone suffers from some form of mental health issues at some […]


Digital technology in mental health:Still at a nascent stage

The management of serious mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, psychoses of various kinds and anxiety neuroses, usually involves many factors, including a long-standing relationship of trust and empathy between the patient and the therapist. A non-human interface, where much of the interaction is conducted via a computer screen or a mobile device, has limited applications […]


First, do no harm

When aspiring doctors enter their clinical training years in medical college, one of the first lessons they are given is: Primum non nocere — “First, do no harm”. In the lengthy careers of doctors and other healthcare professionals, they are faced with many medical situations that are beyond their power to remedy. At the same […]

Dr Sumit Ghoshal