Traditional Body Restraint in Schizophrenia


  • M. Putra Mahmuddin Lubis Department of Psychiatry
  • Muhammad Surya Husada Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia



Schizophrenia, Pasung, Traditional body restraint


Background: Pasung – a traditional body restraint is an act using a block of wood on someone's hands and / or feet, tied or chained, exiled in a separate place in the house or in the forest. Mental disorders are still a serious problem in mental health in Indonesia. There are still many schizophrenics who do not receive medical treatment or who drop out of medical treatment and eventually put in a Pasung.  

Case Report: We found several cases of patients with schizophrenia who were incarcerated, men aged 35 years and 48 years. They were diagnosed with schizophrenia with different characteristics of the disorder, different treatments and in the end the Pasung became the last alternative completed by the family.  

Conclusion: Ignorance of the family and surrounding community over the early detection and forced treatment at the Mental Hospital(asylum), causing patients not handled properly. It is only culturally known by the family to handle it, Pasung that is to prevent people with severe mental disorders from endangering themselves and others.  


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Lubis MPM, Husada MS. Traditional Body Restraint in Schizophrenia. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2022 Mar. 28 [cited 2024 Feb. 23];10(T7):74-6. Available from:

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