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Presentation and treatment of mental disorders in migrants 

Presentation and treatment of mental disorders in migrants
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Presentation and treatment of mental disorders in migrants
Author(s):

Ilaria Tarricone

, Iris Tatjana Graef-Calliess

, Francesco Cazzola

, Umut Altunoz

, and Dinesh Bhugra

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198723646.003.0030
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date: 30 November 2021

Over 200 million people move every year to find a better life. It may be challenging for the clinicians to deal with such a diversity of cultures, ethnicities, reasons for migration, and migrants’ experiences of illness. The way that symptoms of distress and illness present themselves is deeply related to culture, thus influencing the diagnostic process and treatment strategies in migrant populations. This chapter provides a broad vision about the issue of mental disorders in migrant populations. It analyses the cultural competence skills that clinicians should implement in migrants’ care.

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