psychology and therapy explored on BBC World Service
way mental illness is diagnosed and treated around the world is
culturally specific and largely dependent on the country where you
happen to live.
Travels of the Mind, from 9 June, psychiatrist
Dr Raj Persaud investigates psychiatry, psychology and therapy in
different countries and cultures around the globe.
first of the four-part series has Dr Raj Persaud at a farm on the
edge of Lake Victoria in Kenya where he meets a traditional healer
who specialises in cases of acute possession.
exorcism is often called for, an essential part of the therapy involves
patients working on the farm, a bit like occupational therapy in
Dr Persaud's hospital, these patients would be diagnosed as having
psychosis or even schizophrenia. Here, if people return, the healer
refuses to see them telling their relatives that they are mentally
unwell and must see a psychiatrist.
a symbiosis of western and non-western practice that Dr Frank Njenga
of the Kenyan Psychiatric Association approves of.
16 June Dr Raj Persaud discovers that the small Belgian village
of Geel acts like one big hospital. This really is care in the community.
Every household takes in one or two patients.
pioneering attitude to the mentally ill began at the end of the
13th century, forged by the work of St Dymphna, the patron saint
Geel has world class psychiatric facilities but is virtually unique
as a place where mentally ill inhabitants lead normal, useful lives
in the homes of local residents.
third programme on 23 June goes to India where most psychiatrists
run institutions tend to be remnants from the British Raj –
monolithic Victorian hospitals with out of date facilities and practices.
is huge stigma associated with mental illness and patients are unwilling
to come forward.
Dr Raj Persaud discovers things are beginning to change. The Sangnath
Centre in Goa takes its message out to the countryside, targeting
women and adolescents at risk from drug abuse and mental illness.
psychiatrist Vikram Patel has recently returned here to take up
has more psychiatrists per head of the population than either the
UK or the United States but most are badly trained and poorly resourced.
final programme on 30 June visits a psychiatric institution in Sverdlovsk
where Dr Valery Gafurov is trying to change things from the inside.
helps run an internat, or large social asylum, which houses people
suffering from chronic schizophrenia, often for decades.
hospital administrators are paid by the number of occupied beds,
schizophrenia tends to be diagnosed more often than depression in
Sverdlovsk project aims to change this culture by working with British
psychiatrists to retrain mental health professionals at primary
care and hospital level.
the project is a success, it could revolutionise Russian mental
of the Mind is a series of four programmes. The presenter
is Dr Raj Persaud and the producer is Rami Trabar.
Broadcast Times (GMT)
Africa: | Mon 10.06 rpt 22.06 | Tues 01.06
Europe: | Mon 09.06 rpt 14.06, 19.06 | Tues 01.06
E and S Africa: | Mon 10.06 rpt 22.06 | Tues 01.06
Middle East: | Mon 08.06 rpt 13.06, 18.06 | Tues 01.06
South Asia: | Mon 06.06 rpt 10.06, 16.06
East Asia: | Mon 03.06 rpt 08.06, 15.06, 19.06
Americas: | Mon 15.06 rpt 21.06 | Tues 01.06
Broadcast Times (BST)
Monday 9 June
10.05, 15.05, 20.05 | Tuesday 10 June 02.05 | Monday 16 June 10.05,
15.05, 20.05 | Tuesday 17 June 02.05 Monday 23 June 10.05, 15.05,
20.05 | Tuesday 24 June 02.05 | Monday 30 June 10.05, 15.05, 20.05
| Tuesday 1 July 02.05
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