In India for example, there are estimated to be around 4 million people with schizophrenia (Centre for Global Mental Health). As a result, there has been increasing focus and research on those with schizophrenia in India to better understand the experience of having a mental health condition like schizophrenia in a country outside North America and Europe, to identify the nation-specific barriers to care, and see what programs or services this region needs and how effective new implemented programs are at reducing stigma and treating or supporting these patients.
To give you an idea of how schizophrenia affects those in India and their families, check out some of these resources and documentaries below. They not only describe how features of schizophrenia such as the content of one's hallucinations varies between two regions like India and the US, but also highlight current issues limiting diagnosis and treatment such as too few psychiatrists, lack of community support services, medications that are either too expensive or not available, and a lack of awareness or education about mental health among the general population. More so, the resources and documentaries also highlight some of the current work being done in India to improve the diagnosis and care of those with schizophrenia, in addition to helping family members and those in the community better understand this condition.
- "Living With Schizophrenia in India" by Santosh Loganathan & Srinivasa Murthy (Transcultural Psychiatry)
- "Schizophrenics and Home Care" by Donald G. McNeil (NY Times)
- "The Violence In Our Heads" by TM Luhrmann (NY Times)
- "This is One Happy Moment For Me: Stories of Resilience and Recovery By People With Schizophrenia and Their Family Members in India" (Community Care for People With Schizophrenia in India)