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Year : 1993  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-39

Depression and Guilt in Indian and North American Patients : A Comparative Study


1 University of California, Los Angeles and Harbor UCLA Medical Center, 1000 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90509, USA
2 McGill University, Montreal, Canada
3 National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

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Jambur Ananth
University of California, Los Angeles and Harbor UCLA Medical Center, 1000 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90509
USA
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One hundred and nineteen Indian and one hundred and fourteen North American depressed patients were compared to assess the differences in psychopathology. The study revealed two important findings: 1) Indian patients scored significantly higher than American patients on the HAMD items of poor appetite, hypochondriasis, diurnal variation, and psychomotor retardation; and lower on the items of anxiety and middle insomnia. 2) Guilt was expressed less often by Indian patients. Guilt was more common among those who felt that God was responsible for their depression and in those who believed in reincarnation. These differences may be related to cultural factors and not to religious beliefs.



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