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NARRATIVE REVIEW
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 163-170  

Media and mental illness: Relevance to India

SK Padhy, S Khatana, S Sarkar 
 Department of Psychiatry, Nehru Hospital, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Dr. S Sarkar
Department of Psychiatry, Nehru Hospital, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
India

Media has a complex interrelationship with mental illnesses. This narrative review takes a look at the various ways in which media and mental illnesses interact. Relevant scientific literature and electronic databases were searched, including Pubmed and GoogleScholar, to identify studies, viewpoints and recommendations using keywords related to media and mental illnesses. This review discusses both the positive and the negative portrayals of mental illnesses through the media. The portrayal of mental health professionals and psychiatric treatment is also discussed. The theories explaining the relationship of how media influences the attitudes and behavior are discussed. Media has also been suggested to be a risk factor for the genesis or exacerbation of mental illnesses like eating disorders and substance use disorders. The potential use of media to understand the psychopathology and plight of those with psychiatric disorders is referred to. The manner in which media can be used as a tool for change to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illnesses is explored.


How to cite this article:
Padhy S K, Khatana S, Sarkar S. Media and mental illness: Relevance to India.J Postgrad Med 2014;60:163-170


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Padhy S K, Khatana S, Sarkar S. Media and mental illness: Relevance to India. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 May 26 ];60:163-170
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