Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Message for Clinical Practice Guidelines

Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Message for Clinical Practice Guidelines

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Byline: Vinay. Kumar

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. …

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