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Cultural Psychiatry Library

  • Cultural and Ethnic Issues in Psychopharmacology
    Since the inception of the modern era of psychopharmacol­ogy, psychotropics have been the mainstay of the care of psychiatric patients all over the world, irrespective of their cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Cultural Considerations in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    The onset of psychiatric illness in a child is a life-changing event for families. Families from immigrant and ethnocultural communities often must come to an understanding of their child’s psychiatric difficulties while simultaneously interacting with an unfamiliar health care system and its practitioners.
  • Culture and Substance Abuse: Impact of Culture Affects Approach to Treatment
    There have been numerous definitions of culture. Dwight Heath1 offers a simple definition: "It [culture] is a system of patterns of belief and behavior that shape the worldview of the member of a society. As such, it serves as a guide for action, a cognitive map, and a grammar for behavior."
  • Japan: Denial of Hikikomori Could Hinder Relief Efforts
    The current situation in Japan has been called the worst crisis in the country since World War II. The recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and repeated aftershocks, in addition to the ongoing problems and concerns with radiation exposure in the Fukushima region, have led to thousands of deaths, thousands more missing, and hundreds of thousands of families displaced from their homes.
  • Psychiatry Comes to China: Will You?
    Confucius say: "If three of us travel together, I will find two teachers." The American visitor to China will likely not be surprised by seeing McDonalds here and there, as the franchise has become global. It may be a bit more surprising to see all the Kentucky Fried Chickens, with Colonel Sanders looming and smiling overhead.