The culture of an individual may include the exercise, the dietary pattern, the medical consciousness, the environment, and the sexuality among others. In essence, these factors may affect the physical and mental well-being of individuals. Eating disorders, schizophrenia, depression are some of the most common mental disorders affected by culture.
Culture and mental disorders
In the diagnostics of an individual affected by depression, it is important to identify the underlying cultural factors. A culture is basically a group that the individual may identify with. Undertsnding these cultures presents a more proactive approach to managing mental illnesses by understanding the cultural influence on the mental diseases. Nevertheless, it may also be used to present proper clinical care
In this analysis, one of the variables to be considered is the dietary culture implication on mental health. The diet culture is based on the psychology of an individual and has been influenced by the stigma that affects the size, weight, and shape of an individual. Studies have indicated that such individuals may be prone to eating disorders. Nevertheless, the percentage of people with the eating disorder is estimated at 10-15% (Levine & Smolak, 2006). This is regardless of whether the individual views himself/herself as either obese or skinny. Furthermore, this may lead to other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. As such, identifying an individual with respect to the diet culture may provide a screenshot of the mental disorder.
The aspect of religion, discrimination, and race also affects the mental health of an individual. It is more common for the minority groups such as African –Americans who are continually subjected to biases and mockery. The comfort of religion in which a certain race may identify with reduces the mental negativity associated with racial discrimination, as studies have indicated.
(How do you say THIRDLY without giving the first and second inferences) Thirdly, the gender of an individual is a determinant of the mental well-being. In this, it determines the control that one has over the socioeconomic factors, the societal view, and the position among others. It has therefore been identified that both men and women are prone to diverse mental problems. As a statistical reference, the unipolar disorder is twice as common in women as it is in men, depression is very common in women than in men, antisocial personality is common in men while drinking disorders are very common in men as compared to women. In line with the male gender of the client, he was affected by the drinking disorder. (WHICH CLIENT? YOU HAVE SHOULD INTRODUCE YOUR CLIENT OR PATIENT IN A MORE ELLABORATE WAY, FOR INSTANCE SAY “ WHILE I WAS WORKING IN A CERTAIN DEPARTMENT, ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES FELL VICTIM TO……”)
As with the diagnostics, lack of self-esteem, devaluation of life and drinking were some of the manifestations of the disorder. Furthermore, short spells of anger were identified in the client. Nevertheless, considering the cultural competence of a clinician, identifying these variables presents a more informed approach to patients likely to be faced with similar disorders.
In planning for the cultural and emotional safety of a mentally ill patient, some of the methods used may be engagement, familiarizing the families and the clients with the treatment and ensuring that the client can collaborate in the assessment and treatment method (Nardi, Killian, & Waite, 2012). To begin with, it is important to engage the client. Engaging the client is used in this case to bridge the gap between the client and the psychiatrist about the therapy treatment offered. The therapy relationship is enhanced through small talks or big talks and gestures. Studies have indicated that the 50% of clients disengage after the first visit (Jenkins, 2016). Secondly, familiarizing the client and his/her family with the treatment methodology is a method which may be used to ensure that the client feels connected to the counselors and psychiatrists. Nevertheless, the process is usually effective when the client is ethnically diverse. Finally, ensuring the client is open about the assessment and interviews of the treatment planning prevents the notion of discrimination. As such, it ensures the counselor has the full collaboration, unlike where they may view him/her as the single authority.
Safety of a mental health patient is vital. Nevertheless, it is used to prevent him/her from the stigma that may be associated with society, the safety of the public or even self-harm. In this case, race, eating habits, and the gender have to be incorporated in the safety measures. To begin with, the dietary implication of the safety of the mental health patient may be overcome by ensuring that the individual is provided with the necessary counseling measures and the prescribed dietary requirement. Secondly, the gender implications of mental health may be overcome by counseling as well as education while the racial implications of safety may also be overcome by counseling. Finally, including cultural themes in each discussion is a proven way of overcoming mental disorders affecting the individual (Nardi, Killian, & Waite, 2012)
Measuring the progress of the patient is done on a periodic basis mainly by engaging the patient and assessing the effectiveness of the remedy. The self-esteem of an individual is one of the indicators of the progress while family and friends may provide more information. However, assessing the patient may be one of the most important indicators of the progress of therapy.
The intervention measures presented are more effective when there is a good patient-client relationship and as in the case, there was substantial progress in the mental awareness of the patient. These interventions mainly were associated with diet, race, and culture. Nevertheless, using data obtained from patients that have similar cultural baselines may be a more appropriate approach in the future.
Jenkins, E. (2016). Safety in psychiatric inpatient care: The impact of risk management culture on mental health nursing practice.
Levine, M., & Smolak, L. (2006). Ten Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Eating Disorders,”, Retrieved from National Eating Disorders Association: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/p.asp?WebPage_ID=286&Profile_ID41171
Nardi, D., Killian, P., & Waite, R. (2012). Establishing Standards for Culturally Competent Mental Health Care. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services.