The diagnosis of depression in an international context

Kokanovic, R 2011, 'The diagnosis of depression in an international context' in D. Pilgrim, A. Rogers and B. Pescosolido (ed.) The SAGE Handbook of Mental Health and Illness, Sage, London, United Kingdom, pp. 127-146.


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Title The diagnosis of depression in an international context
Author(s) Kokanovic, R
Year 2011
Title of book The SAGE Handbook of Mental Health and Illness
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Editor(s) D. Pilgrim, A. Rogers and B. Pescosolido
Start page 127
End page 146
Subjects Sociology not elsewhere classified
Summary 'Depression' is one of the most extensively described and debated words in the field of mental health. To contribute to this debate, this chapter provides a brief overview of the key academic discussions on depression, with a particular focus on the applicability and relevance of the concept across different cultures. I will consider the role of culture, language and migrant and refugee status in relation to the diagnosis. In addition, this chapter reflects on the debate on the causes of depression and on its medicalization.
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