Thursday, March 26, 2015

Social Work Exam and Culture: Kufungisisa

Continuing our series profiling the cultural concepts of distress included in DSM-5. Next up, Kufungisisa. Here's a quick summary, helpfully posted on Facebook:
Kufungisisa, or "thinking too much," a disorder of distress reported by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The term represents both a cause of conditions akin to anxiety and depression (eg, "my heart is painful because I think too much") as well as an idiom of psychosocial stressors, such as financial or marital problems. Symptoms can overlap with several DSM diagnoses, including anxiety, panic disorders, and depression. Ruminations and somatic symptoms may be addressed with cognitive-behavioral psychotherapeutic approaches; otherwise, standard treatments for anxiety or depression can be tried.
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