Cultural Psychiatry: A Critical Introduction (McGill Univ.). This course presents a critical introduction to theory and research in cultural psychiatry - the study of cultural influences on, and responses to, mental health problems.
Topics include: an overview of the history of cultural psychiatry; conceptual problems and research methods for studying culture and context in mental health; somatization and bodily idioms of distress; dissociation of memory and identity;
cultural variations in emotional experience; trauma and the social construction of diagnostic entities; culture and psychosis; the mental health of immigrants and refugees; the mental health of Indigenous peoples; systems of ritual and symbolic healing;
models of mental health care for culturally diverse populations; globalization and the future of cultural psychiatry.
Lecture 02 - Somatization and Bodily Idioms of Distress, Part 2
Dr. Laurence Kirmayer looks at medically unexplained symptoms, the potential meaning of somatic symptoms and the cultural context of symptom reporting.