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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-11

Human rights of persons with mental illness

Assistant professor, Institute of mental health, Osmania medical college, Hyderabad. AP, India

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P Srilakshmi
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The understanding of mental illness has evolved over the years. Right from being thought to be due to possession by evil spirits to the current bio-socio-psychological model of illness, what has remained consistent however is the violation of their human rights. Though the efforts to redress this have started from the times of Pinel, the real focus has been only after the introduction of the various international and regional instruments for protection of human rights. Under these there is a paradigm shift from protecting society from the mentally ill to protecting the mentally ill.

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