Cultural variations in the response to psychiatric disorders and emotional distress.

@article{Kirmayer1989CulturalVI,
  title={Cultural variations in the response to psychiatric disorders and emotional distress.},
  author={Laurence J Kirmayer},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={1989},
  volume={29 3},
  pages={327-39}
}
Culture influences the experience and expression of distress from its inception. While Western psychiatry has identified several universal patterns of distress, there are significant geographical variations in the prevalence, symptomatology, course and outcome of psychiatric illness. Indirect evidence suggests that cultural differences in the recognition, labelling and interpretation of deviant behaviour affect the outcome of major psychiatric disorders as well as milder forms of distress… CONTINUE READING

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