Psychiatric disorders in the Chinese

Sunita Mahtani Stewart, Peter W. H. Lee and Rongrong Tao

in Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199541850
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Psychiatric disorders in the Chinese

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This article summarizes the recent advances in Chinese psychiatry. There has been an explosion of increasingly sophisticated studies in Chinese psychiatry in the last fifteen years. This article begins with a discussion of the diagnostic frameworks developed and employed in China with a focus on the conceptual similarities to and differences from both the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and the ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems). It reviews the mental disorders in China with specific discussions on several disorders with culture-specific manifestations, including depression, eating disorders, and suicide. Apart from explaining the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders (CMCD), a nosological system to capture locally recognized psychiatric disorders, it also discusses the stigma of mental illness and help-seeking in China and presents a review of treatment and outcomes.

Keywords: psychiatric disorders; Chinese psychiatry; borderline personality disorder; cross-cultural psychology; Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders

Article.  11151 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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