Cultural Issues Related to Diagnosis

Cultural Issues Related to Diagnosis 

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Post your response to the question below with at least 300-400 words in the Discussion Area by Saturday, April 26, 2014.
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). 

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.

Assignment 1: Cultural Issues Related to Diagnosis

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

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