Body-language and nonverbal communication

Neurasthenia in China

Neurasthenia in China

Here the results of a specific study in China, which shows the high impact of psychosomatic disorders on the Chinese Society. An impact which society has to face since some years and which will become more severe within the next years. On the one hand this is similar to the process in western countries. On the other hand there will also yet unknown aspects being involved related to the high speed of the social change in society, family life, relationship, living in big cities and the process of production and consumption. Please read more if you want:

The dramatic transformation of neurasthenia in China speaks to the global power of the DSM system of classification, on the one hand, and the latter’s failure to engage cultures in the local system of psychiatric practice, on the other. The Chinese story of neurasthenia and the social context in which the disease category is contested, marginalized, and reconstituted as the popular Western disease of depression among Chinese psychiatrists attest to the socially constructed nature of psychiatric classification. The public health implications of this transformation remain unclear.

 http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/content/69/9/846.short

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