'Social Psychiatry Today.- Evolution of Social Psychiatry: Impact on Civilization.- Education for Living: Overall Goal of Social Psychiatry.- Resolution Against Nuclear War.- A Message Delivered on Behalf of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the International Year of Disabled Persons at the Special Seminar at 8th World Congress on Social Psychiatry.- Politicization of Psychiatry and Political Psychiatry.- Unconscious Approaches to World Suicide.- The Scientific Status of Psychiatric Diagnosis.- Diagnosis and the Concept of Mental Illness.- Advantages of Psychodynamic Theory for Psychiatric Diagnosis.- The Prevalence of Psychiatric Symptoms Among the Yoruba.- Psychiatric Therapies and Their Presumed Effects.- The Common Dynamics of Psychiatric Therapies.- Psychiatry and Psychotherapies: Evolving Evolutionary General Systems for "Change".- A Trial of the Idea of Intrafamilial Insight for Family Therapy and Social Understanding of Mental Disorders.- An Integrative Approach to Family Therapy.- Towards Integrative Concept of Therapeutic Objective.- Reinventing the Wheel of "Therapeutic Process".- The Non-working Patient in Therapy: A Confrontational Approach.- Confrontation in Therapy With the Non-working Patient: The Process.- Free Psychotherapy: The Therapist's and the Patient's View.- A Survey of Forty Licensed Psychotherapists in Private Practice in Northern California - The Effect of Treatment on Treater.- An Interpersonal Approach to Creativity.- Music Therapy in Schizophrenia.- Music Therapy in Finland.- Therapeutic Community as Part of Integrated Psychotherapy.- Therapeutic Communities: The Treatment of Choice for Adolescents.- Borderline Patients in the Therapeutic Community.- Large Group Therapy - With Young People.- Work and Mental Health.- Developmental Issues and Intervention Strategies in a Community Mental Health Center in Greece.- A Psychiatric Day Hospital.- Community Psychiatry in Scotland.- Forms of Cooperation Between the Hospital Therapeutic Team and Members of the Primary Health Protection Team in the Light of the New Health Law.- The Social Network as an Etiological Factor in Mental Illness and as a Therapeutic Approach.- Residential Conditions for Long-term Psychiatric Patients: Its Implication for Subjective Reported Quality of Life.- Network Participation and Network Anchorage Among Long-term Psychiatric Patients.- Evaluation of Psychiatric Emergencies in Athens Greater Area.- Crisis Prevention at a Hungarian Student Health Service.- Attitudes of the Staff Versus Borderline and Neurotic Patients.- Psychiatric Morbidity in a Normal Work Force Population.- Membership, Types of Illness and Relationship Between the Incidence of Bringing Sick and Disturbed Persons for Healing Among Adherents of an Aladura Church in Benin City, Nigeria.- Past Experiences with the Register of Patients at the Rab Psychiatric Hospital.- The Role of the Individuation Process In Suicide.- Epidemiological and Social Aspects of the Suicidal Acts.- Concerning the Epidemiology of Suicide in Upper Austria.- Geomagnetic Storm Fluctuations and Self-poisoning Attempted Suicides.- Health Organization and Epilepsy - A Social-psychiatric Approach?.- Percentages of Ictal and Non-ictal Psychiatric Disorders in 3000 Epileptics: Social Situation.- Epilepsy and Suicidal Attempts in Children and Adolescents.- Effects of Sex Disorders on Marital and Family Relationships.- How to Reduce Communication Difficulties in Sex Counseling (A review of the Suggested Practices for Family Physicians).- Family, Personality, Miscarriage.- "Divorce" - Can and Should it be Prevented?.- The Family Survival Project for Braindamaged Adults and Their Families.- Some Consequences of Cramped Housing and Crowding on Children.- Immigration and Mental Health.- Acculturation and Mental Health of Greek Immigrants in USA.- Frequency of Developme
It is becoming more and more difficult to publish papers from international and world scientific meetings. The causes are partly financial; in addition the number of meetings held is so large that it is impossible to find the necessary time for the enormous amount of work involved in preparing and publishing these materials. Also the scientific and professional quality of these meetings is often poor as the same points of view as well as more or less the same papers, with only slight modifi cations, are usually presented. The educational system is also responsible since professionals are required to publish papers in order to get promoted in their pro fession and in their institutions. Overproduction of meetings and papers is often mentioned by many pro fessionals, but when we look at the professional activi ties of the critics of these meetings and papers, we can see that they also behave in the stereotypic way - they write papers, read them at congresses and publish in periodicals. The number of periodical publications of some medical branches - including psychiatry - is enor mous. In the light of such thoughts it seems opportune to evaluate the 8th World Congress of Social Psychiatry and the papers presented - the papers you are now holding in your hands. Although such an evaluation is a delicate and difficult task, I think it should be at least attempted in this Editorial.