Making Psychiatry Relevant in Pakistan by Challenging its Western Roots

From Mad in South Asia: “She was half-conscious when she was brought to me,” our psychiatry professor said, “and this is what she had been prescribed.” He showed us an image of a local psychiatrist’s prescription. The prescription included a total of eight medications, two of which were injections, for a 16-year-old girl who had presented with a two-day history of vague physical symptoms following a stressful event. By all professional standards, she did not even require a single medication; yet here she was, disoriented by eight drugs.

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