FUNCTIONAL SOMATIC SYNDROMES AMONG ETHIOPIAN IMMIGRANTS IN ISRAEL Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The psychiatric classifications of disease (DSMIV; ICD-10) relate to a family of high incidence somatoform disorders whose use isn't uniform and cannot be measured. DSM-5 presents the term" cultural conceptualization of distress", which attempts to describe the cultural construct and its influences on mental distress and symptom presentation. Somatization among immigrants poses a diagnostic, treatment and research challenge due to cultural differences such as wrong understanding of their symptoms that may lead to misdiagnosis and to prescribing wrong and possibly harmful treatment and unnecessary hospitalization. This challenge is greater when encountering Ethiopian new immigrants due to the significant doctor-patient cultural gaps on one hand, and the community's heterogeneity, on the other. The Integrative Culture Sensitive Assessment and Treatment …

publication date

  • December 1, 2016