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Surname: 1 Student’s Name Instructor’s Name: Course Code: Date: Culture and Depressive Disorder Introduction A depressive disorder is one kind of a mental problem that often leaves people with feelings of sadness, worthlessness and a lack of interest in what they used to enjoy. That sort of feeling has more chances of interfering with the way people run their daily activities living them in the danger of other diseases and also affect their interaction with others. Consequently, the disintegration of the individual with those that are around them leaves them more vulnerable to the dangers of seclusion and also irrationality of thought and actions. During such times, a person can rarely pull themselves together, and the chances that they will do something way out of the usual just to feel okay is high. It is thus for the society to keep them close and ensure they are guaranteed wellness. This essay will, therefore, focus on the cultural impact on the prevalence, diagnosis, treatment and the management of the depressive disorder. We live in a society in which every member of it subscribes to a particular way of living. Why culture? This is mostly due to the fact that life in this kind of set up; an individual has to identify with certain sets of behavior, beliefs, thinking attitudes and values. These ideologies are passed down from one generation to the other through the societal institutions. In the event of
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Surname: 2 disease, different cultures have different approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and the cause of the illness itself. There are several ways in which a disorder may develop, some of the influences being biological, psychological, sociocultural and social. Although not all the dimensions affect the development of the disorder, some have a strong influence and have the likelihood of evoking a mental disorder. Role of culture in prevalence of depressive disorder Poverty People of society have different attitudes towards different diseases. And unfortunately, most of them are negative. Battling wars of depression are more about the mental strength of positivity for a patient. For example, mental disorders are not hereditary, and therefore its perpetuation is dependent on the culture that tends to cause stress to the victim. Imperatively, being in a particular socioeconomic status makes a person susceptible to stress (Xerfan, pg., 467). Living in an impoverished community, for example, a person is exposed to a myriad of problems. In an environment of violence, for instance, one is at the risk of getting depressed. Being in such situations, the society tends to discriminate against the poor. The person is therefore left in solitude, and any chances of them coming forward to point out the weaknesses that they have that are pushing them to the problems with their emotional management cannot be assured.
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