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
Chapter 2 Religion and Psychiatry: Extending the Limits of Tolerance
Chapter 3 Religion and Madness in History
Part II Religions: East and West
Chapter 4 Christianity and Psychiatry
Chapter 5 ‘The Cracked Crucible’: Judaism and Mental Health
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
Chapter 8 Buddhist Psychology and Implications for Treatment
Padmal de Silva
Chapter 9 New Religions and Mental Health
Chapter 10 Islamic Communities and Mental Health
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
Chapter 13 Psychopathology, Emobodiment and Religious Innovation: An Historical Instance
Chapter 14 Guilt, Religion and Ritual
Tony Nayani & Dinesh Bhugra
Chapter 15 Mental Illness or Life Crisis? A Christian Pastoral Counselling Contribution
Chapter 16 Conclusions: Religion, Mental Illness and Mental Health - The Way Forward
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