Mood disorders in Asians

Albert Yeung, Doris F. Chang

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    Mood disorders are disorders that have a disturbance in mood as the predominant feature. They are common psychiatric disorders and are associated with significant distress and functional impairment. As the theory of mood disorders is based on the philosophy of mind/body dichotomy in the West, it contradicts the holistic tradition of medicine in the East. This may partially explain why many Asians with mood disorders emphasize their physical symptoms in discussions with their treatment providers. In the development of the DSM and ICD diagnostic systems, it is presumed that the diagnostic categories are applicable to all races and ethnicities. Similarly, many consider pharmacological and psychological treatment approaches to mood disorders universally applicable. To effectively treat Asians with mood disorders, clinicians need to customize biological and psychosocial interventions in consideration of patients' potential genetic and cultural differences.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)71-73
    Number of pages3
    JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 1 2014

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    Keywords

    • Asians
    • Culture
    • Depression
    • Diagnosis
    • Mood disorders
    • Treatment

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    • Psychology(all)
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    In: Asian Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.02.2014, p. 71-73.

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