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Simply “Mad” or “Mentally ill”? (Episode 2)

In the field of mental health, diagnosis of mental illness is always made following guidelines. These guidelines were never made arbitrarily but through a painstaking process of research and evidence across diverse populations. There are some clinically significant forms of behavior that are peculiar to specific cultures. Such culture-bound syndromes in mental health are also described from evidence.

More on “Sleep and Mental Health”

One typical question psychiatrists always have to answer is; “Doctor, why are you giving me sleeping pills?”. In fact, our major drugs were previously regarded as “Major” or “Minor” “tranquillizers” (laying emphasis on the ability of the drugs to induce changes in the pattern of sleep). When we prescribe these medications for treating mental illness, we target alterations in emotion...