The Americanization of Mental Illness

The New York Times reflects the Americanizing of the world’s understanding of mental health and illness. This unnerving possibility springs from recent research by a loose group of anthropologists and cross-cultural psychiatrists. The researchers have amassed an impressive body of evidence suggesting that mental illnesses have never been the same the world over but are inevitably sparked and shaped by the ethos of particular times and places.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/magazine/10psyche-t.html?scp=4&sq=PTSD&st=cse