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Draft National Health Policy 2001-III: Mental Health: Serious Misconceptions

Bhargavi V. Davar
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 37, No. 1 (Jan. 5-11, 2002), pp. 20-22
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4411559
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Policy must certainly be built on people-based principles and practices of 'holistic' health and serious consideration must be given to evolving new perspectives about mental health and the inner life that is beyond the Cartesian mind/body dichotomy. However, a 'holistic' conception of mental health is not about treating mental disorder as another type of public health issue, like kala azar or malaria. While mental health must make linkages with the public health discourse, the differences must be also recognised, articulated and debated.

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