oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Culture and depression : clinical



Extracted from text ... SA Pharmaceutical Journal - September 2006 22 CLINICAL The way in which depression is dealt with, discussed and managed varies internationally and cultural meanings and practices shape its course. Culture has been found to influence the experience of symptoms, the idioms used to report them, decisions about treatment, doctor-patient interaction, the likelihood of outcomes such as suicide and the practices of professionals.1 Cultural traditions determine, in part, how individuals view their mental and physical health. What is considered healthy in one society may be viewed as unhealthy in another. Although psychiatric disorders appear in all cultures, their form and expression ..


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