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Cultural Issues Related to Diagnosis

How might culture contribute to the definition of pathology and mental illness?

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First of all you would need to define pathology and mental illness to determine how culture can contribute or change these definitions for the various cultures.

Pathology is studying the organs, tissue, blood, and other body fluids to determine what caused an illness or disease. Mental illness represents a broad range of mental health conditions or disorder that can affect a person's mood, behavior, and way of thinking. Some examples of mental illness are: schizophrenia, eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and addictive behaviors. A mental illness affects a person's ability to function and causes problems in their daily life frequently, or on a continuous basis (1).

Culture represents groups of individuals that share a set of beliefs, values, experiences, attitudes, language, genders, religions, knowledge, environment, and concepts that are often passed along from one ...

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The cultural issues which are related to diagnosis are discussed.