Previous studies have pointed out the comorbidity of somatization and depression among non-Western psychiatric patients. We studied the somatization of depression in Pakistani women. Two groups were studies: inpatients with DSM-III-R diagnoses of major depression and a comparison sample of women living in the community without psychiatric diagnoses. Both groups were administered a rating scale for somatization. Results indicated that patients reported significantly more somatic symptoms than nonpatients. These findings support the concept that somatization may be a cultural mode of mental distress among Pakistani women, as has been observed for other non-Western populations.
Mian, Rubeena H. M.D. and Grossman, Linda S. Ph.D.
"The Somatization of Depression in Native Pakistani Women,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry: Vol. 14
, Article 4.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol14/iss1/4