Mental Health in Southern China

The concept of mental health in China is influenced by Confucian ideology as well as an emphasis on family. In contrast to Western thought, the Chinese emphasize “highly personal duties and social goals” rather than the individual, and personal rights. Failing to fulfill one’s duties within the family and society can lead to common symptoms of psychological distress, such as feelings of guilt and shame. Mental health is a growing issue in China with estimates of 100 million sufferers of mental illness.

Mental Health in China

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