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Re: Are you bitter? You may be mentally ill! floatingbridge

Posted by Sigismund on March 24, 2010, at 14:31:04

In reply to Re: Are you bitter? You may be mentally ill! Sigismund, posted by floatingbridge on March 24, 2010, at 10:38:46

Patterns of mental distress would likely manifest differently in a culture with different assumptions, and I was thinking back to that article you posted...The Americanisation of Mental Illness.
I don't know what relevance a western artifact like the DSM would have for the Vietnamese.
I doubt that they have ADHD. Disruptive students are (were?) punished by being required to kneel in class.

Non-western cultures have had to cope with their humilation. In Vietnam there is this weird sect, the Cao Dai. I can't recall their saints, but Victor Hugo is one. This dates back to the time of the French, maybe the 30s, not the kind of saint you would be selecting after the French defeat in 1940 if you were hoping for an infusion of magical power.

 

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