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Global Mental Health

The world is in a critical phase in history. The challenges to psychiatry are enormous in these dramatic and confusing times. ©Ollyy/Shutterstock

Cultural Psychiatry

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These few stories of refugees remind us what a stress to one’s sense of self the immigrant experience entails.They emphasize how important this perspective is when we are asked to evaluate and treat those recently here in the US, and sometimes those who have been here for a generation.

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New research over the past decade has suggested that links between media violence and child aggression are less clear than previously thought. How has our understanding of media violence effects changed?

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When a psychiatrist evaluates a patient, there is much to be valued in trying to adopt the patient’s internal perspective of cultural mores and world views. But what are the limits to such sensitivity, and how far can treatment decisions go to support group-endorsed values -- particularly when the issues involve sexuality?

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Here: a review of issues related to assessment of patients for suicide risk in the ED -- and an overview of emerging approaches and research that one day will lead to more reliable assessment and interventions based more on science than on art or luck.

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Culture—the way people make meaning and live their lives in particular social worlds—matters in psychosis. The authors explore how a patient's cultural background should influence the way clinicians think about treatment and care.

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