Mental Health Problems: Community Perceptions in SRI LANKA
•Focus groups – Men, women, youth & children separately •Participatory Rural Appraisal – Wealth ranking & matrix ranking
•Interviews with families of "mentally ill‟ people.
Identifying PEOPLE “DIFFERENT” to NORMAL PEOPLE.
Possible Psychiatric Equivalents of People with Mental
Health Problems. Causes of Mental Problems:
•Adverse life experiences
•Natural or man-made disasters
•Supernatural powers and curses
•Excessive studying and inappropriate dedication to education
•Excessive thinking and straining of brain / mind
•Not able to get "varam‟ from a deity
•Complete cure of "rakthaya‟
•Evil-eye / evil-mouth (as-vaha / kata-vaha) does not cause mental health problems.