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CULTURAL PSYCHIATRY
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 153-156

Forgiveness: A note for psychiatrists


Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario and Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, Regional Mental Health Centre-London

Correspondence Address:
Prakash Gangdev
850 Highbury Avenue, London, Ontario N6A 4H1, Canada

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.49459

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Although forgiveness has received a lot of attention in the past two decades and its role in physical and mental health is being increasingly recognized, psychiatrists are unaware of its therapeutic benefits. A literature review was conducted with a view to create awareness of the recent advances in forgiveness research. Although forgiveness has been shown to be beneficial, more research is required, especially in the psychiatric setting. The role of resentment and bitterness in the causation of psychiatric disorders remain largely unevaluated and requires further study.



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