Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 6, January

Applications of Gandhian Concepts in Psychology and Allied Disciplines
Byline: Vinod. Kool The paper highlights the significance of Gandhian concepts in research in psychology and its related fields. To illustrate the application of Gandhian ideology, a test of non-violence is described here with its psychometric properties....
Ardhanareeshwara Concept: Brain and Psychiatry
Byline: B. Raveesh Ardhanareeshvara is a combination of three words "Ardha," "Nari," and "Ishwara" means "half," "woman," and "lord," respectively, which when combined means the lord whose half is a woman. It is believed that the God is Lord Shiva...
Ayurvedic Concepts Related to Psychotherapy
Byline: Prakash. Behere, Anweshak. Das, Richa. Yadav, Aniruddh. Behere The perfect balance of mind, body and soul is considered as complete health in Ayurveda. Ayurveda has its own identity as most ancient and traditional System of Medicine in India....
Buddha Philosophy and Western Psychology
Byline: Tapas. Aich Four noble truths as preached by Buddha are that the life is full of suffering (Duhkha), that there is a cause of this suffering (Duhkha-samudaya), it is possible to stop suffering (Duhkha-nirodha), and there is a way to extinguish...
Clinical Hypnosis and Patanjali Yoga Sutras
Byline: Shitika. Chowdhary, Jini. Gopinath The trance states in yoga and hypnosis are associated with similar phenomena like relaxation, disinclination to talk, unreality, misrepresentation, alterations in perception, increased concentration, suspension...
Does Guru Granth Sahib Describe Depression?
Byline: Gurvinder. Kalra, Kamaldeep. Bhui, Dinesh. Bhugra Sikhism is a relatively young religion, with Guru Granth Sahib as its key religious text. This text describes emotions in everyday life, such as happiness, sadness, anger, hatred, and also...
Emotions: An Indian Perspective
Byline: Dharitri. Ramaprasad The present paper is an attempt to understand emotions and the affect from Indian traditional point of view. In the Indian philosophical texts' detailed descriptions of emotions are not available nor are dealt with as...
End-of-Life Care: Indian Perspective
Byline: Himanshu. Sharma, Vankar. Jagdish, Prabhakaran. Anusha, Sharma. Bharti According to Hinduism, the main religion of India, the end-of-life (EOL) deals with good and bad death. The WHO definition of palliative care stresses on improving not...
Hinduism, Marriage and Mental Illness
Byline: Indira. Sharma, Balram. Pandit, Abhishek. Pathak, Reet. Sharma For Hindus, marriage is a sacrosanct union. It is also an important social institution. Marriages in India are between two families, rather two individuals, arranged marriages...
Impact of Mahatma Gandhi's Concepts on Mental Health: Reflections
Byline: Abhinav. Tandon, V. Singh Mahatma Gandhi can be looked upon as one of the greatest visionaries born. His life tells us about the varied emotions he went through as a boy and young adult during difficult times, and the experiments he did...
Indian Concepts on Sexuality
Byline: Kaustav. Chakraborty, Rajarshi. Thakurata India is a vast country depicting wide social, cultural and sexual variations. Indian concept of sexuality has evolved over time and has been immensely influenced by various rulers and religions....
Indian Family Systems, Collectivistic Society and Psychotherapy
Byline: Rakesh. Chadda, Koushik. Deb Indian society is collectivistic and promotes social cohesion and interdependence. The traditional Indian joint family, which follows the same principles of collectivism, has proved itself to be an excellent...
Indianization of Psychiatry Utilizing Indian Mental Concepts
Byline: Ajit. Avasthi, Natasha. Kate, Sandeep. Grover Most of the psychiatry practice in India is guided by the western concepts of mental health and illness, which have largely ignored the role of religion, family, eastern philosophy, and medicine...
Indian Legal System and Mental Health
Byline: Choudhary. Narayan, Deep. Shikha Although there was a rich tradition of legal system in Ancient India, the present judicial system of the country derives largely from the British system and is based on English Common Law, a system of law...
Indian Mental Concepts: Looking Forward
Byline: T. Sathyanarayana Rao, L. Sam. Manickam, Roy. Kallivayalil "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible" - Frank Gomes. The Beginning When we envisaged this project 2 years ago, we were clear as to what we intended...
Indian Mental Concepts on Children and Adolescents
Byline: Prabhat. Sitholey, Vivek. Agarwal, Satya. Vrat Ancient Indian mental concepts of children and adolescents are very similar to the contemporary modern concepts. The ancient concepts were based on a very positive regard for the children's...
Indian Religious Concepts on Sexuality and Marriage
Byline: Priyanka. Mahajan, Priya. Pimple, Delnaz. Palsetia, Nahid. Dave, Avinash. De Sousa Indian religions and cultures are diverse and have always influenced the way people live in this part of the world. Religion has been a very dominant influence...
Integrative Change Model in Psychotherapy: Perspectives from Indian Thought
Byline: L. S. S. Manickam Different psychotherapeutic approaches claim positive changes in patients as a result of therapy. Explanations related to the change process led to different change models. Some of the change models are experimentally oriented...
Judeo-Christian Concepts Related to Psychiatry
Byline: R. Ponnudurai The behavioral manifestations of psychotic disorders that are attributed to evil spirits in the Judeo-Christian scriptures as demonstrated by Jesus Christ have been narrated. The descriptions of false beliefs and the perceptual...
Karma Yoga: A Path towards Work in Positive Psychology
Byline: Arun. Kumar, Sanjay. Kumar Karma yoga is the path that leads to salvation through action. Salvation is the ultimate state of consciousness. Work is the central and defining characteristic of life. It may have intrinsic value, instrumental...
Marriage as a Perceived Panacea to Mental Illness in India: Reality Check
Byline: Ashish. Srivastava 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...
Mental Health Concepts in India: Providing Valuable Insights
Byline: Roy. Kallivayalil Indian Journal of Psychiatry is one of the most influential psychiatry journals throughout the world. Indexed in pubmed and widely referenced, our journal is an authentic source of contemporary research in India. The editorial...
Mind and Consciousness in Yoga - Vedanta: A Comparative Analysis with Western Psychological Concepts
Byline: H. Aravinda Prabhu, P. Bhat Study of mind and consciousness through established scientific methods is often difficult due to the observed-observer dichotomy. Cartesian approach of dualism considering the mind and matter as two diverse and...
Morality and Moral Development: Traditional Hindu Concepts
Byline: Chhitij. Srivastava, Vishal. Dhingra, Anupam. Bhardwaj, Alka. Srivastava Morality (from the Latin word moralitas that means "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those...
Osho - Insights on Sex
Byline: Anil Kumar. Nagaraj Sex is a mysterious phenomenon, which has puzzled even great sages. Human beings have researched and mastered the biology of sex. But that is not all. Sex needs to be understood from the spiritual perspective too. The...
Religion and Mental Health
Byline: Prakash. Behere, Anweshak. Das, Richa. Yadav, Aniruddh. Behere In this chapter, the relation between religion and mental health and vice versa has been described. From primitive times different religions have different beliefs and systems...
Role of Islam in the Management of Psychiatric Disorders
Byline: Walaa. Sabry, Adarsh. Vohra With the significant growth of the Muslim population all over the world, there exists a corresponding increase in the need for mental health services that suit this group of patients. Research demonstrates the...
Sufism and Mental Health
Byline: S. Nizamie, Mohammad. Katshu, N. Uvais Human experience in, health and disease, always has a spiritual dimension. pirituality is accepted as one of the defining determinants of health and it no more remains a sole preserve of religion and...
The Bhagavad Gita and Contemporary Psychotherapies
Byline: Subhash. Bhatia, Jayakrishna. Madabushi, Venkata. Kolli, Shashi. Bhatia, Vishal. Madaan The Bhagavad Gita is based on a discourse between Lord Krishna and Arjuna at the inception of the Kurukshetra war and elucidates many psychotherapeutic...
The Indian Concepts of Lifestyle and Mental Health in Old Age
Byline: S. Tiwari, Nisha. Pandey Lifestyle is the perception of a particular person or entire society towards life and it is the way people live, think and behave. In Indian lifestyle, principles of Karma (action) and dharma (the righteous way to...
The Islamic Prayer (Salah/Namaaz) and Yoga Togetherness in Mental Health
Byline: Shabbir. Sayeed, Anand. Prakash Religion and its practices have been duly implicated in treating not only problems related to medical health, rather, intervening and preventing such problems as well. In the present article, the authors have...
The Mystery of Reincarnation
Byline: Anil. Nagaraj, Raveesh. Nanjegowda, S. Purushothama One of the mysteries puzzling human mind since the origin of mankind is the concept of "reincarnation" which literally means "to take on the flesh again." As the civilizations evolved,...
Vajikarana: Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions Based on Indian Concepts
Byline: P. Dalal, Adarsh. Tripathi, S. Gupta Vajikarana or Vrishya chikitsa is a one of eight major specialty of the Ashtanga Ayurveda. This subject is concerned with aphrodisiacs, virility and improving health of progeny. As per Charak Samhita,...
Yoga School of Thought and Psychiatry: Therapeutic Potential
Byline: Naren. Rao, Shivarama. Varambally, Bangalore. Gangadhar Yoga is a traditional life-style practice used for spiritual reasons. However, the physical components like the asanas and pranayaamas have demonstrated physiological and therapeutic...
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