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.
Table of Contents
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
Overview: Diversity in Unity and Adversity
7. India: Epidemiology, Services and Health Systems
8. India: Training and Explanatory Models
11. Sri Lanka
Part 3: Greater China
4. Hong Kong
Part 4: Far East
16. South Korea
17. North Korea
Part 5: South East, Philippines and Indonesia
Part 6: Thailand and Nearby Countries
23. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Dinesh Bhugra is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
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.