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Psychiatry Investigation 2005;2(1):6-7.
Mission of Korean Neuropsychiatric Association
Byoung Hoon Oh, MD, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, "Psychiatry Investigation"
Abstract

   The Korean Neuropsychiatric Association (KNPA) was founded in 1945. Since its foundation in 1945, the KNPA has grown up to a current membership of approximately 2,200 including 485 psychiatric residents. The KNPA publishes the newsletter monthly and the Journal of the Neuropsychiatric Association bimonthly in Korean and the Psychiatry Investigation in English biannually. In 21 century, psychiatry is a nucleus of neuroscience with the rapid development of brain science over the last decade. Recently, psychiatry is divided into various fields. The Korean Neuropsychiatric Association (KNPA) has 23 academic societies as following; Korean Academy of Psychotherapists, Korean Society for Analytical Psychology, The Korean Psychoanalytic Society, The Korean Association for Clinical Art, Korean Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The Korean Association of Social Psychiatry, Korean Society of Biological Therapy in Psychiatry, Korean Society of Psychopharmacology, The Korean Society of Biological Psychiatry, Society of Korean Women Psychiatrists, The Korean Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Korean Society for Human Sexuality, Korean Society of Sleep Research, The Korean Society for Psychopathology and Psychiatric Classification, Korean Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Korean Psychosomatic Society, Korean Association of Sleep Medicine, Korean Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Korean Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism & Addiction, The Korean Academy of Adolescent Psychiatry, Korean Academy of Schizophrenia, Korean Society for Depression and Bipolar Disorder, and Korean Academy of Anxiety Disorders. The purpose of these academic societies is to promote education, research, and cooperation in the area of biopsychosocial psychiatry. Each academic society publishes academic journals. Especially, the Korean Society of Psychopharmacology (KSPP) publishes the Korean Journal of Psychopharmacology in Korean bimonthly and the Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience in English biannually. The purpose of publishing journal is to enhance the international communication of their research works in the field of neuroscience.The KNPA has been holding an Annual Meeting during two days in which approximately 350- 400 papers are presented in areas basic neuroscience, clinical, and social studies. The KNPA and the major academic societies have made annual Academic Awards since 1987 to encourage research efforts of their members. Otherwise, the Korean Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Korean Association for Geriatric Psychiatry have been preparing for the speciality boards. The aim of speciality board is to expand information on the child & adolescent and the old age psychiatry to deliver the proper service and to promote easy access. The KNPA's relationship with the WPA and the WHO are as following. 

   The KNPA joined into WPA as its first international affiliates since 1964 to promote global cooperation in association with various works of important issues in psychiatry. The KNPA has contributed to the international academic conferences since 1984; the 3rd Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists in 1984, the 16 th International Congress of Psychotherapy in 1994, the 2 nd Congress of Asian Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1998, the 9 th Scientific Meeting of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists in 1999, the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry in 2004, the International Forum on Taopsychotherapy and Western Psychotherapy in 2004, and the International Psychogeriatric Association, the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting in 2004, the International Congress of Korean EDITORIAL.Society of Psychopharmacology in 2005. The KNPA will hold the WPA regional meeting in 2007 in Seoul, Korea. Furthermore, the KNPA supports the WHO Collaborating Center for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Community Mental Health in Korea and encourages the Workshop on Development of Professional and Academic Skills of Young Psychiatrists which is global affiliation program. Through the efforts of the KNPA, international mutual communication was facilitate and the acceptance of the submitted research papers by the Korean psychiatrists to the international journals are increasing now. 
Psychiatry involves health promotion and disease prevention strategies in both biomedical and behavioral areas. The most important mission of the KNPA is to improve the mental health of patients and their families with mental disorders through education, research, professional development, advocacy, health promotion, service development, and increase of multi-disciplinary
approaches. The KNPA is now preparing the standardized manuals for the evidence-based guidelines of diagnosis and management on the major mental disorders. For the future of psychiatric services, the community mental health care plan should be directed to the longterm care services. However, the great challenge of psychiatrists should be placed to reduce the stigma such as prejudice and discrimination against mental disorders, and to improve the negative attitudes toward psychiatry. Most of all, we psychiatrists must keep in mind our responsibility to the medical ethics of human right especially patients and families suffering from mental disorders, and the mental disorders can be treated successfully and improving quality of life and creating of life.



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