OBJECTIVE The authors reviewed the evidence for the claim that the Chinese tend to deny depression or express it somatically, examined the possible determinants of those characteristics, and explored implications of the findings for the diagnosis and management of depression in China and for psychiatry in the WEST: METHOD This paper reviews and interprets… (More)
Possession-trance is a common culture-bound syndrome in Singapore. The characteristic features as seen in 36 young men of the three different ethnic communities are described. At follow-up four to five years later, none of the 26 who could be contacted showed any evidence of mental illness. The psychopathology of the possession-trance is discussed.
Introduction In medical disease, there are physical and/or mental symptoms and generally, there is a recognised aetiology, demonstrable pathology and predictable course i.e. based on biological or physical factors. In mental disorder, there are mental and/or physical symptoms. However here, one tends to talk of predisposing, precipitating and propagating… (More)
BACKGROUND The objective was to investigate the occurrence and characteristics of oculogyric spasm (OGS) in an Asian country. METHOD All 2035 Asian (88% Chinese, 7% Malays and 5% Indonesians) psychiatric in-patients in the state psychiatric hospital in Singapore were surveyed for occurrence of oculogyric spasm (OGS) over a two-month period. RESULTS… (More)