Cultural Issues Related to Diagnosis

Assignment 1: Cultural Issues Related to Diagnosis

Post your response to the question below with at least 300-400 words. . Cite information from at least one academic source, such as your textbook or an article from the Argosy Online Library, to support your statements. Use current APA standards to properly cite your source(s).
Assignment 1: Cultural Issues Related to Diagnosis
How might culture contribute to the definition of pathology and mental illness?
We generally define abnormal behavior by three criteria.  First, we look to see if the behavior deviates significantly from what is considered normal. Second, we look to see if the behavior is causing trouble in the person’s interpersonal or professional world, or if it has legal consequences.  Lastly, we assess the level of distress the behavior is causing the individual.  The person’s culture would be a very important consideration for assessing whether or not a behavior is deviant.  What may be considered normal in one culture may be considered abnormal in another.  Our personal beliefs can also affect how we as practitioners view certain issues surrounding mental illness.  For example, if a client states that they have seen an angel that has spoken to them, has that client had a profoundly religious experience, or has the client had visual and auditory hallucinations associated with some sort of psychosis?  How you answer that question may be greatly affected by your own personal beliefs.





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Our cultural framework has a huge impact on our beliefs, norms, taboos and expectations. As a result of this it influences our identities and our thinking. As a result of this, our culture has a huge impact on our mental and physical health, as it determines our actions and behaviors. Our diet, work habits, social activities and perceptions pertaining to mental illness determine our mental and physical health. For instance, people’s experiences and perceptions of who they are …

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