The Problem with Diagnosing Depression Accross Cultures Part 3: What difficulties arise from applying Western categories of mental illness to Asian societies?

There are many problems that arise due to the importing of the Euro-American psychiatric paradigm and its accompanying categories.  These include decline in the quality of care, and the further unfortunate stigmatisation of those who are suffering from mental illness.  The DSM criteria, as well as the worldviews propagated by the World Health Organisation and … Continue reading The Problem with Diagnosing Depression Accross Cultures Part 3: What difficulties arise from applying Western categories of mental illness to Asian societies?

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The Problem with Diagnosing Depression Across Cultures Part 2: Why is it difficult to diagnose depression outside Western contexts?

Image Source:  http://www.rajasthanonline.in/About/tourism/religious-spots/index.html The reason that Western categories such as Depression are inapplicable when it comes to diagnosing mental illness in these societies, is due to conflicting ideas of what constitutes depressive emotions between these societies and the psychiatric paradigm with its roots in Western biomedicine.  This results in discrepancies in what are normative and … Continue reading The Problem with Diagnosing Depression Across Cultures Part 2: Why is it difficult to diagnose depression outside Western contexts?

The Problem with Diagnosing Depression Across Cultures Part 1: Are Idioms of Distress Culturally Specific?

Image Source:  http://www.rajasthanonline.in/About/tourism/religious-spots/index.html An aura of uncertainty and even scepticism often accompanies explanations of certain mental illnesses.  Depression is among the many disorders listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or DSM) that, despite its aforementioned presence in such a conscientiously and methodically organised manual for categorising vocabularies and … Continue reading The Problem with Diagnosing Depression Across Cultures Part 1: Are Idioms of Distress Culturally Specific?