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Tibetan Medicine And The Classification And Treatment Of Mental Illness

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This chapter deals with mental illness in Tibetan medicine, its classification, diagnosis, and treatment. The discussion is based on research carried out in clinics of Tibetan medicine in Nepal and the UK. The chapter addresses a major debate in transcultural psychiatric studies about whether certain features of psychiatric experience can be said to be universal, or whether representations of mental illness are entirely framed by the culture in which they occur. In what follows, a comparative assessment is made of Tibetan medical approaches to mental disorders in a South Asian context and in Tibetan medical clinics in the UK. A further layer of comparison is between Tibetan approaches to mental disorder and those of Western psychiatry.

Keywords: mental disorders; South Asian context; Tibetan medical clinics; Tibetan medicine; transcultural psychiatric studies; Western psychiatry



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