Year: 1987 Source: American Family Physician, v.36, no.4, (October 1987), p.179-184 SIEC No: 19872009

Depressive illness is common among Southeast Asian refugees. Classic vegetative symptoms seem to cross cultural boundaries and have been found in all ethnic groups studies. A migration history is important for eliciting information about the flight experience and the current living situation. Symptomatic treatment, combined with an abbreviated form of psychotherapy, is effective for many patients.