The Cultural Factors Of Depression

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We used to minimize or totally ignore the cultural factors in the science of depression. With the prevalence of establishing the universal understanding in the knowledge of depression, it is crucial to understanding the relationship between culture and depression in order to effectively assessing and treating this disorder in all populations. In recent years, It has been established knowledge that, aside from biological and biographical factors, socio-cultural patterns have a major impact in prevalence and phenomenology of depressive disorders.This paper mainly discusses the role of cultural factors that are particularly relevant in the depressive disorders.

Recent reviews of the depression literature have demonstrated that depression may be differently construed across cultures. An increasing amount of evidence has supported the position that depression is a multi-level phenomenon involving a core group of symptoms---dysphoria, negative cognitions, psychomotor retardation, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and loss of energy. @10 To clarify the relationship between culture and depression, firstly we need to genuinely understand the meanings of the two.
Actually, people always misunderstand the term “culture”. It`s not a thing. It is a process by which ordinary activities acquire emotional and moral meaning for participants. @1 Cultural processes is flexible, including the embodiment of meaning in habitus and physiological reactions, the understanding of what is
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