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  • Arab Mental Health

    1. 1. MENTAL HEALTH AND CULTURE Disparity between Arab Perception and Western Treatment
    2. 2. OVERVIEW • Mental Health - What is it? • Comparisonof Perception and Treatment between Western and Arab Culture of Mental Health Illnesses • Cross Effects of Religion/Gender/Language • Effects of Temporality • Evaluation • Conclusion
    3. 3. KEY TERMS • Islam- Pertaining to the religious teachings found in the Qur’an or historical records of Muhammad's life. • Muslim- Pertaining to Islamic culture but not always rooted in Islamic practice. (Ex. Arabesque architecture of Synagogue) • Arab Descent (Geographic)- Genealogical origins are linked to Northern Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco) and Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Iran, U.A.E.) • Idioms- Expressions rooted in one’s culture whose meaning doesn’t come from the words themselves (Ex. Raining cats and dogs) • Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis- The idea that a person’s linguistic background affects their perception of the world. • Dilemma of Assimilation- Series of conflicts arising when one’s past culture is different form their new location, resulting in a choice between maintenance and abandonment of cultural attitudes.
    4. 4. WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH? • Mental Illness- Psychiatric or behavioral patterns not expected within developmental or cultural norms. (Ex. Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia) • Neurotransmitters- Chemicals in the brain that relay messages within the nervous system. (Ex. Serotonin, Nor-Epinephrine) • Psychotherapy- Use of psychological practices to modify or eliminate a mental illness without drugs/surgery. (Ex. Talk, music, or art therapy) • Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist- Psychologists do not prescribe drugs and often use psychotherapy to assist patients. • Problems with agreement and classification- DSM vs. International Statistical Classification
    5. 5. PERCEPTION DIFFERENCES (DIAGNOSTIC) • Western Perceptions of Mental Health • Biological/Technology • Psychosocial • Stress • Catastrophe • Acceptance?
    6. 6. PERCEPTION DIFFERENCES (DIAGNOSTIC) • Arab Perceptions of Mental Health • Religion • Gender • Familial/Marital Obligations • Acceptance?
    7. 7. PERCEPTION DIFFERENCES (TREATMENT) • Western Expectations? • Western Methods? • Drugs • Therapy • Time
    8. 8. PERCEPTION DIFFERENCES (TREATMENT) • Arab Expectation • Cure • Arab Methods • Religion • Fulfilling Roles • Conflict with Western Treatment
    9. 9. ANALYSIS WITHIN SCOPE OF RELIGION/GENDER/LANGUAGE • How do they interact? • Religion and Gender • Gender and Language • Religion and Language • What if I move?
    10. 10. ANALYSIS REGARDING TEMPORALITY • Passage of Time • Effect on Beliefs • Age • Perception of Time • Western vs. Arab • Distance and Time
    11. 11. EVALUATION • Questions left- • What happens when Arab treatment fails? • What current research has been done? • What education methods are put in place? • How will the war affect their perception of mental health?
    12. 12. EVALUATION CONTINUED • Suggestions • Cultural education • Establishing guidelines for open-minded therapists • Consensus on Illness and what is normal
    13. 13. CONCLUSION • Effect of stigmas outside of mental health • Cultural education offers treatment help, but don’t expect a change in perception • The need to break the cycle • Personal mental health views
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