Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness
In recent years there has been a greater recognition of how cultural concepts, values, and beliefs influence the way mental symptoms are expressed, how individuals and their families respond to mental distresses and to psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, and how mental health care is delivered community-wide.
This comprehensive, clinically oriented volume examines the expression and treatment of mental illness in the context of culture. Written by 35 international experts in the field, Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness covers the areas of the clinical encounter in which culture plays a prominent role, including psychiatric epidemiology, psychotherapy, culture-bound syndromes, and psychiatric assessment.
Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness provides a cultural framework in the psychiatric care of a variety of groups in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics, women, elderly people, and gay men and lesbians. There is also a chapter dealing with the impact of AIDS among minorities. Eight glossaries of ethnic terms, including foreign language characters, are included.
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An ancient Chinese medical classic, Nan Ching, recognized a person afflicted
with k'uang as having the following symptoms: feeling sad, eating and sleeping
less, developing megalomania with an exaggerated opinion of his or her own ...
It is an intuitive, sixth-sense perception of another person — a capacity for sizing
up and evaluating another person through heightened awareness of, and
sensitivity to, the person's gestures, facial expressions, and other nonverbal cues.
Most of these characteristics contribute in a global, cumulative fashion to the
person's sense of cultural and ethnic identity. In the past, things Mexican were
usually not held in high esteem by much of the dominant Anglo society. As a
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