The Culture of Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa by Emmanuel Kwaku AkyeampongIn many African countries, mental health issues, including the burden of serious mental illness and trauma, have not been adequately addressed. These essays shed light on the treatment of common and chronic mental disorders, including mental illness and treatment in the current climate of economic and political instability, access to health care, access to medicines, and the impact of HIV-AIDS and other chronic illness on mental health. While problems are rampant and carry real and devastating consequences, this volume promotes an understanding of the African mental health landscape in service of reform.
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Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. Ademuwagun, John A. Ayoade, Ira E. Harrison and Dennis M. Warren, calls attention to recent research findings which indicate that mentally ill persons, particularly schizophrenics, may recover more rapidly and fully in non-industrialized societies than they do in industrialized ones. The books by Janzen and Ademuwagen et al.
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Hill, and Arthur Kleinman, eds. - The concept of mental disorder is determined by many factors, including the historical context, cultural influence, level of scientific knowledge and capacity to carry out scientific enquiry, level of education in certain circumstances, as well as many others. In putting together a method of classification of mental disorders, the expert's duty is primarily that of capturing and remaining faithful to the current level of knowledge in the subject, acknowledging that, in a matter of time, some or all the above factors could change to variable degrees, making what was clear as a mental disorder a few decades previously less clear in the next edition of the classification system.
Hill, and Arthur Kleinman, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Hill, and Arthur Kleinman, as well as the contributors to this undertaking, shed light on mental illness in Africa and the way interventions are handled by psychiatric institutions and experts, including physicians and nurses. The challenge of psychiatric care in West Africa is exhaustively discussed as chapter 3 by Ursula Read, Victor Doku, and Ama de-Graft Aikins, while mental health and destitution, with the example of Ghana, constitutes chapter 4, written by Ama de-Graft Aikins. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.