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BACKGROUND Somatic symptoms are extremely common features of depression and other mental disorders in African countries such as Nigeria, but their weight in the diagnosis of depression is not certain. AIM To determine what weight should be assigned to these symptoms in comparison with other well-known symptoms in the diagnosis of depression. METHOD A(More)
Although auditory hallucinations are universal phenomena, they show cultural and ethnic variation. We set out to study some differences between auditory hallucinations in Nigerian patients and their foreign counterparts. We also investigated the usefulness of auditory hallucinations in distinguishing between schizophrenia and affective disorders. A(More)
Having been developed in a foreign culture, the extent to which items on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) and the Zung Self-Rating Scale (ZS) reflect the features of depression as obtained in clinical interviews in Nigeria is uncertain. Also, items predictive capabilities for the severity of depression and the extent of concurrence between the(More)
DEDICATION Dedication of this dissertation is imparted to my wife and family, whose continued support and love have allowed me to continue in the pursuit of my dreams and goals; to the educators in my life who have assisted in the realization of my talents and my development; and to lovers of science fiction. A special dedication to the makers of all the(More)
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