Psychiatric disorders in the Chinese

Sunita Mahtani Stewart, Peter W H Lee, Rongrong Tao

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This article summarizes the recent advances in Chinese psychiatry. There has been an explosion of increasingly sophisticated studies in Chinese psychiatry in the last fifteen years. This article begins with a discussion of the diagnostic frameworks developed and employed in China with a focus on the conceptual similarities to and differences from both the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and the ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems). It reviews the mental disorders in China with specific discussions on several disorders with culture-specific manifestations, including depression, eating disorders, and suicide. Apart from explaining the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders (CMCD), a nosological system to capture locally recognized psychiatric disorders, it also discusses the stigma of mental illness and help-seeking in China and presents a review of treatment and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743542
ISBN (Print)9780199541850
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders
  • Chinese psychiatry
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Psychiatric disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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