Year: 1992 Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, v.25, no.3, (July 1992), p.173-180 SIEC No: 19920819

92 major depressed outpatients were rated with the Comprehensive Psychopathological Rating Scale in Benin (West Africa). Patients met modified DSM-III major depression criteria. Compared to “western-like” clinical features of depression, there was a lower frequency of suicidal thoughts & guilt feelings, a higher frequency of somatic complaints & ideas of persecution. The relationship between the so-called “western culture-bound symptoms” & the so-called “African ones” is discussed. (26 refs.)