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French psychiatrists to study Indian value system

Over 140 psychiatrists from France, are currently in Delhi, to participate in a three-day meet on psychic life.

art and culture Updated: Feb 28, 2007 16:58 IST
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Indian belief and knowledge are great healers and 140 French psychiatrists and psychotherapists are currently in Delhi to study this value system.

"The Indian value system and family support play a vital role in dealing with mental health issues and we are here to know more about it," said Patrick Bantman, a psychiatrist from Paris.

"We have been exploring different dimensions of mental health and how to tackle it. India is a huge country and its traditional knowledge should be explored further. At the same time, we will share our expertise with our Indian counterparts," Bantman said while speaking to IANS.

Nearly 225 Indian and French psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists are deliberating on several mental health-related issues at a three-day conference on psychic life between belief and knowledge, which began Tuesday.

Organised by the French Embassy and the Delhi Psychiatric Society, it is the first ever India-France deliberation on mental health.

"The experts are exploring new avenues on handling this critical issue. While Indian experts can learn from the effective delver mechanism of French doctors, they can learn about the role of family values in treating psychological patients," said R.C.Jiloha, head of the Delhi Psychiatric Society.

"Apart from discussing clinical practices in their respective countries these experts will be deliberating on subjects like dreams, mythology, metaphor, consciousness, mental structure, among others. This will help in better understanding of mental health problems culminating into effective service to the sick," said M.S. Bhatia, head of the department of psychiatry at the University College of Medical Science.

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