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BPS PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS 1988
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-69

Psychiatric Thoughts in Ancient India


Bombay Psychiatric Society, 1988-1989. Retd Head and Consultant, Child Guidance Clinic, B J Wadia Hospital for Children, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.153304

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A review of the literature regarding psychiatric thoughts in ancient India is attempted. Besides interesting reading, many of the concepts are still relevant and can be used in day-to-day practice especially towards healthy and happy living. Certain concepts are surprisingly contemporary and valid today. They can be used in psychotherapy and counselling and for promoting mental health. However, the description and classification of mental illness is not in tune with modern psychiatry.


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