Chapter 9. Hinduism and Mental Health

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. R. Srinivasa Murthy Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch9

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Murthy, R. S. (2010) Hinduism and Mental Health, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203



  • Hinduism and mental health;
  • Hinduism, the oldest religion of mankind;
  • Hindu religion, ocean of spiritual teachings - about all aspects of life and consciousness;
  • ‘dharma’, meaning ‘the eternal law that supports and sustains those who practice it’;
  • complexity of Hindu religion;
  • Hinduism and other major religions - contrasting approaches;
  • Indian and Western philosophical traditions - differences between them;
  • concept of mental health - mind, conceived as a functional element of atman in Vedas;
  • symbiotic relationship between ‘psyche’ and ‘soma’ - recognized in Ayurveda;
  • suicide in Hindu religion - conflicting and confusing


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Hinduism as a Religion

  • Concept of Mental Health

  • Therapy

  • Suicide

  • Death and End of Life

  • Preventive Psychiatry

  • Classification of Mental Disorders

  • Research Studies of Yoga

  • Other Aspects

  • Implications for Mental Health

  • Acknowledgments

  • References