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Unchaining people with mental disorders: medication is not the solution

  • Vikram Patel (a1) and Kamaldeep Bhui (a2)
  • Please note a correction has been issued for this article.
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Chaining of people with mental disorders, and their incarceration and abuse in prisons or mental hospitals, is an affront to psychiatry and humanity. Although mental healthcare always needs attention to cultural and social contexts, this must never be at the cost of allowing human rights violations to go unchallenged. A rights-based approach must enforce well-established international human rights conventions, and scale-up comprehensive community services around the needs and preferences of people affected by mental disorders.

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Correspondence: Vikram Patel, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 641 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA. Email: vikram_patel@hms.harvard.edu
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Unchaining people with mental disorders: medication is not the solution

  • Vikram Patel (a1) and Kamaldeep Bhui (a2)
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