Depression and other mental conditions are expressed differently in different cultures. Here is information about cultural differences. I have attached a link for more detailed reading. (Today’s post is informational rather than reflective).
In general (in the U.S.):
- In describing depression, Blacks (African-American and Caribbean) tend to report more difficulties in social relationships and the ability to carry on with daily activities than a depressed mood.
- Latinos are twice as likely to seek treatment for mental disorders in other settings, such as general health care or the clergy, than in mental health specialty settings.
- Less than half of African Americans and a quarter of Caribbean Blacks receive any type of treatment for depressive illnesses.
- Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have the lowest rates of utilization of mental health services among ethnic populations.
- Latinos are more likely to experience depression in bodily aches and pain for which no medical cause or remedy is found.
- African Americans in the United States are less likely to receive accurate diagnoses than their Caucasian counterparts.
In two words, CULTURE COUNTS!
Picture by Nikkihiggins, August 2008. Free domain granted by author.