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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 52-54

Loka-kalyan and the community of psychiatrists

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Prabhakar Korada
GF 9, Ruby block, Sree Vensai projects, Kompally, Secundrabad-500014. Andhra Pradesh
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This guest editorial deals with the importance of the social responsibility and the social involvement of the mental health professionals, particularly the psychiatrists, from the point of view of preventive psychiatry. It questions the wisdom of psychiatrists in focussing too much on the psychopathology of the major psychiatric disorders, at the expense of the lesser ones which the majority of the populations is exposed to; it is critical of such kind of training which the undergraduate students are made to undergo. The editorial has highlighted the importance of the role of the mental health professionals in such important areas as the implementation of the anti ragging laws, or the filing of the Public Interest Litigations in the courts of law against blatant abuse of the media in the glorification of suicides leading to more deaths of vulnerable youngsters. The editorial has also pointed out the need for the mental health professionals to come out into the society and make their presence felt so as to avoid the unqualified charlatans from taking advantage of the population, in the name of psychological services.

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