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Can J Psychiatry. 1987 Jun;32(5):368-70.

Some issues in the diagnosis of depression in China.

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Social and Community Psychiatry Section, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto, Ontario.

Abstract

In China, the diagnosis of depression is made much less frequently than in the West, likely because there is a somewhat lower prevalence rate and because of other factors related to culture and to the development of Chinese psychiatry. Some of the relevant factors are: 1) depressed patients often avoid seeking help because of the stigma of mental disorder; 2) many patients seek help from practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine; 3) depression is often diagnosed as schizophrenia because of diagnostic criteria that are broader for schizophrenia and narrower for affective disorder than in the West; and 4) somatization is more frequent in China and many depressives receive the label "neurasthenia".

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