INDIA: MODEL FOR A NEW PSYCHIATRY?

OZY  recently carried an article on mental health situation in India

“Either you are depressed or you know someone in your family who’s depressed. It’s that common,” Bhat told Dutt, who cited the statistic that almost 40 percent of the country had depression. “In my opinion, this is the result of a fast-changing society, and if we don’t start learning how to prevent this or treat this, we are in for a huge problem in about 10 or 20 years.” Out came the numbers arguing that this is an epidemic, not mere malaise: India, with its massive population of young people — in 2020, demographers estimate, the average age there will be 29 — has the world’s highest suicide rate in the 15-to-29 age bracket.

As India attempts to rethink medical notions of the mind, could it introduce an alternate model for mental health around the world?

Staring down such an urgent timeline, and with a growing chorus of mental-health practitioners in Asia and the diaspora insisting the “Western way” just doesn’t fit, Bhat and a cohort of psychiatrists, researchers, spiritualists and therapists are digging into the cultural context surrounding mental health.

Because mental health is a global crisis — and might need a few new approaches.

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