Psychiatric Patients in Modern Ghana and Their Adaptive Various Sanctuaries

Desmond Ayim-Aboagye*, Vincent Adzika, Manuela Amorin & Carla Mulambo Dos Santos

Department of Psychology, Regent University College of Science and Technology, Accra, Ghana

Dr. Desmond Ayim-Aboagye, Department of Psychology, Regent University College of Science and Technology, Accra, Ghana.

Keywords: Psychiatry; Attachment Theory; Psychopathology; Mental Institutions; Psychodrama; Possession, Glossolalia; Traditional Resources


This study aims to firstly find out how patients deal with their mental disorders using the traditional resources without entering into the psychiatric hospital for treatments. What psychiatric problems do they suffer? What are the various pharmaceutical drugs administered by these practitioners? What roles do group support play in the lives of these patients?
The method used was the structured and in-depth interviews, which consisted of background information and other relevant themes about their psychiatric related problems. Interviews were given to patients after we have attended their Sunday worships in their localities. Open-ended interviews were also administered to them and arrangements were made to meet them next week in the same worship service to gather them. Overall, 300 informants agreed to participate in the study.

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