Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge who has written a vast number of books in both Sinhala and English has contributed a lot to the Health Education in Sri Lanka. His new books on Binninmadaya (Schizophrenia) Mano Vishleshana Prathikara (Psychoanalytic Therapy) and EMDR Sri Lankan Experience are highly useful to the Mental Health Workers.
Binninmadaya or Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality and relates to others. Schizophrenia has an altered perception of reality and there are considerable numbers of patients in our community. Dr Jayatunge has written this book in simple terms and in a reader friendly manner. Therefore it is an useful book to the Mental Health Workers as well as to those who look after the Schizophrenic patients. Also this book emphasizes the importance of drug therapy and psychological management of the illness and psychosocial rehabilitation which is beneficial to the patient.
Mano Vishleshana Prathikara (Psychoanalytic Therapy) which was introduced by Dr Sigmund Freud has a clinical significance. Psychodynamic perspective sees the roots of human behavior as residing in the unconscious and it is an unique therapeutic system that can treat anxiety and various stress related disorders. Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge explains Freudian theory in an uncomplicated language and gives numerous clinical examples. It also emphasizes the importance of Psychoanalytic Therapy as a mode of medical management.
EMDR Sri Lankan Experience is a book on trauma management. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a recently developed psychotherapy procedure that has been reported to dramatically increase efficiency in the treatment of traumatic memories. EMDR is one of the most researched methods of psychotherapy used in the treatment of trauma and was discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories to bring to an adaptive resolution. The author who was trained in EMDR at the Coatesville VA Philadelphia under the renowned Psychologist Dr Susan Rogers explains how EMDR can be used to treat Sri Lankan patients without any cultural barriers.
Sri Lanka, a country which is affected by an armed conflict and the Tsunami disaster has generated a large number of victims of trauma. These people suffer from Depression, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Somatoform Disorders and many have gone in to a vicious cycle of negative stress coping methods like alcohol abuse, domestic violence and social aggression. An effective psychotherapy like EMDR would help to heal the psychological repercussions.
These three books are published by Sarasavi Publishers and are now available to the general public.
Dr R.M.S.K Ratnayaka
Regional Director Health Services Puttalam District