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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-42

Social psychiatry: A global and indian perspective

Emeritus Professor, National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Prof. Shridhar Sharma
Emeritus Professor, National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/WSP.WSP_10_19

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The future germinates in the soil of the present and has its root in the past. In 2019, the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP) completes its 55 years. To have any vision for the future of social psychiatry, stock-taking of the past, assessment of the present activities, and a vision for future are warranted. As a past president of the WASP and a Founder Member of the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP), I present this broad overview of the various historic-political forces behind the movement of social psychiatry (including a forgotten and unpleasant past), trace the development and activities of WASP and IASP, and try to figure out a foreseeable and sustainable future for social psychiatry. The new journal of WASP, the World Social Psychiatry, can play an important role in this by advocacy, research, and dissemination of knowledge.

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