Family Stress and Care in South Africa

Authored by: Idalia Venter , Lily van Rhyn , Ukamaka M. Oruche

Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138017610
eBook ISBN: 9781315780344
Adobe ISBN: 9781317702221


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The identification of mental illness among African people is a low priority, and often only serious mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders are readily identified. This does not mean that the more common illnesses are not present; in fact, the numbers for depression and anxiety disorders are similar to developed countries (Mathers & Loncan, 2006). A case example is presented of a woman who experiences depression with anxiety, a common illness in Africa due to emotional abuse by her husband, along with a lack of family support, circumstances supported by cultural attitudes (Feduka et al., 2014).

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