Field of Psychiatry: Current Trends and Future Directions: An Indian Perspective

Mens Sana Monogr. Jan-Dec 2016;14(1):108-117. doi: 10.4103/0973-1229.193069.


Attempting to predict future is dangerous. This is particularly true in medical science where change is a result of chance discoveries. Currently, practicing psychiatrists are aware of deficiencies in psychiatric practice. However, we have a number of genuine reasons for optimism and excitement. Genetics, novel treatment approaches, new investigative techniques, large-scale treatment trials, and research in general medicine and neurology will give better insights in psychiatric disorders and its management. Psychiatric services in rural India can be reached by telemedicine. There are some threat perceptions which require solving and remedying. Subspecialties in psychiatry are the need of the hour. There is also a requirement for common practice guidelines. Mental Health Care Bill, 2013, requires suitable amendments before it is passed in the Indian Parliament. Research in psychiatry is yet to be developed as adequate resources are not available.

Keywords: Academics and research; Deficiencies in current practice; External and internal challenges; Future of psychiatry; Insurance; Interpersonal professional rivalries; Myths; Psychiatry in metro cities; Rural psychiatry.

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  • Review