Depression is being researched to be classified as a Culture-Bound Syndrome in the recent years. In the way of believing that genetics, single-nucleotide polymorphisms, play a role in specific genes making you more susceptible to getting specific illnesses, and psychological disorders is one of them. (Br J Gen Pract. 2013).
The reason I chose to research different disorders and chose Depression is because my biological mother took her life from the impact of depression, and currently my youngest child, my teenage daughter, is dealing with depression on several levels.
Culture-Bound Syndromes – did anyone think about sickle cell anemia when reading this section in chapter 11? Disorders and syndromes that you see in one specific culture? Now it is common in African American Children, but have they narrowed down the area it generated and then started passing down through genetics?
When I was a pre teen my mom was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but it was well talked about as being a ‘fake illness’ and only in the person’s head. It impacted women of specific ages, and a variety of ethnic races, but my mom wasn’t faking it for sure.
Would you think it is valid for them to categorize this as a culture-bound syndrome? Why or why not?