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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 227-237

How are social changes in the twenty first century relevant to mental health?

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

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Professor Santosh K Chaturvedi
Dean, Behavioural Sciences, Head, Department of Mental Health Education, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.193195

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Mental health problems occur in a psychosocial context. Social dimensions significantly impact psychiatric practice and research. The twenty first century has seen dramatic urbanization, globalization, rapid advances in technology, and communications. These among several other social changes, such as nature and shift in family systems, newer patterns of relationships, migration, and social mobility will bring about novel challenges for diagnosing and managing mental health problems; nevertheless this may at the same time throw newer means and opportunities to intervene, particularly with the advancements in technology. There is likely to be greater awareness about mental health problems. The rights based and recovery oriented approaches will change the way psychiatry is practiced. Many of these changes will positively impact policies of the government and access to care. This article focuses on the social changes in the twenty first century and the impact this has had and will have on mental health, especially in India.

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