Thursday, 20 August 2015

Mental Illness according to Theravada Buddhism

Mental Illness according to Theravada Buddhism

Towards a Theory of Mental Illness Based upon the Buddha´s Teachings Bhikkhu Nandisena


An important contribution of Buddhism to the science of mental health and its treatment of mental illness would be to provide a “theory” that accurately describes reality. Considering that according to one recent report2 by the World Health Organization (WHO), within the next 20 years more people will be suffering from depression than any other health problem, the matter of understanding what really is mental illness is of the utmost importance if we are to find a successful treatment.

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