Richard J. Castillo, PhD

1aricopa county correctional health

301 w jefferson


Effects of Culture on Recovery From Transient Psychosis

December 01, 2006

Analyzing data gathered in a 10-nation study of psychoses by the World Health Organization (WHO), Susser and Wanderling1 found that the incidence of nonaffective psychoses with acute onset and full recovery was about 10 times higher in premodern cultures than in modern cultures. Transient psychoses with full recovery were comparatively rare in modern cultures. Such a dramatic difference begs for explanation.