1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Psychiatry in Asia

Edited By Dinesh Bhugra, Samson Tse, Roger Ng, Nori Takei Copyright 2016
    346 Pages
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Geographically and demographically Asia is a huge region with a large number of societies and cultures, each affected by their own unique problems including over-population, major natural disasters, poverty and changing social and economic factors. Inevitably this means that different mental health needs have developed across the region. Colonialism, globalization, industrialization and urbanization have brought major demographic and cultural shifts in the region but clinical mental health practices and services and societal attitudes to mental health issues vary enormously.

    This handbook surveys the state of the current psychiatric care field across the whole Asia-Pacific region. Focusing on individual countries, each chapter will include:

    • A summary of factors affecting the practice and provision of psychiatric care, including cultural attitudes to mental health issues

    • Coverage of the conceptualisation, causation and prevalence of mental health issues in society

    • An overview of mental health care services and systems available and workforce training

    • Coverage of country specific innovative practices and folk therapies

    As the first major reference work on psychiatric care in Asia this book is an essential resource for scholars and students researching mental health in Asia as well as psychiatrists and other mental health professionals working in the region.


    Part 1: Russia and Central Asia

    Overview: Psychiatry in Russia and Central Asia

    1. The Republic of Kazakhstan

    2. Kyrgyz Republic: In Between the Soviet Past and a Vague Future

    3. Russian Federation

    4. The Republic of Uzbekistan

    Part 2: Indian Subcontinent

    Overview: Diversity in Unity and Adversity

    5. Bangladesh

    6. Bhutan

    7. India: Epidemiology, Services and Health Systems

    8. India: Training and Explanatory Models

    9. Nepal

    10. Pakistan 

    11. Sri Lanka

    Part 3: Greater China


    12. China

    13. Taiwan

    4. Hong Kong

    Part 4: Far East


    15. Japan

    16. South Korea

    17. North Korea

    Part 5: South East, Philippines and Indonesia


    18. Indonesia

    19. Malaysia

    20. Philippines

    21. Singapore

    Part 6: Thailand and Nearby Countries


    22. Cambodia

    23. Lao People’s Democratic Republic

    24. Myanmar

    25. Thailand 

    26. Vietnam


    Dinesh Bhugra is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

    Samson Tse is an Professor and Director of the Master of Social Science in Counseling Program at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong.

    Roger Ng is a consultant psychiatrist and Chief of Service of the Department of Psychiatry of Kowloon Hospital, Hong Kong, China.

    Nori Takei is Professor of Neuropsychological Development and Health Sciences at the United Graduate School of Child Development (Osaka U, Kanazawa U, Hamamatsu U Sch Med, Chiba U, and Fukui U), Hamamatsu University School of Medicine.