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1st Edition

Psychiatry and Religion
Context, Consensus and Controversies

Edited By

Dinesh Bhugra

ISBN 9781138591219
Published August 10, 2018 by Routledge
252 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Psychiatry and Religion: Context, Consensus and Controversies works to eradicate the distinction between spiritual and psychological welfare and promote greater understanding of the relationship between the two.

This book brings together chapters from fifteen mental health practitioners and pastoral workers to explore what their different philosophies have to offer the individuals in their care. As well as all the major world religions, the text also provides detailed information about newer religions and the significance of their belief systems for mental health management. The book examines the positive and negative effects that strict moral codes and religious rituals can produce and shows how awareness of these effects is crucial to the treatment of these patients.

This classic edition of Psychiatry and Religion, with a new introduction from Dinesh Bhugra, will continue to provide an important resource to practicing and training psychiatrists.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Preface for the Classic Edition

Part I Introduction and History

Chapter 1 Religion and Mental Heath

Dinesh Bhugra

Chapter 2 Religion and Psychiatry: Extending the Limits of Tolerance

K.W.M. Fulford

Chapter 3 Religion and Madness in History

Maurice Lipsedge

Part II Religions: East and West

Chapter 4 Christianity and Psychiatry

John Foskett

Chapter 5 ‘The Cracked Crucible’: Judaism and Mental Health

Howard Cooper

Chapter 6 Psychosocial Factors and the Genesis of New African-American Religious Groups

Ezra E.H. Griffith & Khalipha M. Bility

Chapter 7 Hinduism and Ayurveda: Implications for Managing Mental Health

Dinesh Bhugra

Chapter 8 Buddhist Psychology and Implications for Treatment

Padmal de Silva

Chapter 9 New Religions and Mental Health

Eileen Barker

Chapter 10 Islamic Communities and Mental Health

Aziz Esmail

Part III Psychopathology, Psychiatry and Religion

Chapter 11 Psychiatry and Religion: A General Psychiatrist’s Perspective

John L. Cox

Chapter 12 The Neurophysiology of Religious Experience

Peter Fenwick

Chapter 13 Psychopathology, Emobodiment and Religious Innovation: An Historical Instance

Roland Littlewood

Chapter 14 Guilt, Religion and Ritual

Tony Nayani & Dinesh Bhugra

Chapter 15 Mental Illness or Life Crisis? A Christian Pastoral Counselling Contribution

Mark Sutherland

Chapter 16 Conclusions: Religion, Mental Illness and Mental Health - The Way Forward

Dinesh Bhugra


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Dinesh Bhugra is Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the IoPPN, King's College London. He is Past-President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2008–2011) and the World Psychiatric Association (2014–2017). He is President of the British Medical Association (2018–2019).


Religion and spirituality are a prominent coping strategy for many of our patients, and can promote their emotional and cognitive growth. Themes related to religion may feature prominently in the ideation of several of them. An aberrant way to understand religion has become in recent years a source of conflicts and mass violence which have had an enormous impact on the mental health of thousands of people. This book is one of the most comprehensive and well-balanced sources of information, reflection and wisdom about this key dimension of our life and professional practice.

Mario Maj, Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman at the Vanvitelli University of Naples, Italy, and Past-President of the World Psychiatric Association