Laurence Kirmayer and Maxwell Ramstead close out the book with a chapter on cultural psychiatry
, arguing that embodied cognition and enactivist approaches can contribute much to this field of inquiry.
With the concepts of cultural psychiatry
and therapeutic alliance, we learn to work within our patients' models of disease to enhance their response to treatment.
Division of Social and Cultural Psychiatry
, McGill University, Montreal, QC
Contributing to the emerging field of cultural psychiatry
, psychiatrists consider assessment, in the broad sense of understanding a patient sufficiently to formulate a treatment approach, rather than diagnosis in the narrow meaning of a descriptive categorization.
World Cultural Psychiatry
Research Review 2013;8(1):8-20.
Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Committee on Cultural Psychiatry
In the western world, more emphasis is now being given on training in Cultural Psychiatry
in view of multicultural composition of their population.
International Western psychiatry tends to bracket 'spiritual' matters with (trans-) cultural psychiatry
, usually seen as pertaining to peoples or cultures that are non-secular and Western; it is therefore possible that Western psychiatrists and patients may experience blind spots when examining their own culture, its soul-searching and malaises.
Clinical relevance of contemporary cultural psychiatry
For more on suicide by African Americans, see Alston and Anderson; Committee on Cultural Psychiatry
His research interests are psychopharmacology, cultural psychiatry
, consultation liaison psychiatry, and somatoform disorders.
Editor's Note: This is the third installment of Curbside Consult, written by two Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) committees--the Committee on Family Psychiatry and the Committee on Cultural Psychiatry