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Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters
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Feb 14, 10

bookshelves: nonfiction, 2010
Read from February 09 to 14, 2010 — I own a copy

An interesting look on the way mental illnesses are looked at in different cultures. The book has four main sections: anorexia in China, post-traumatic stress disorder in Sri Lanka, schizophrenia in Zanzibar, and depression in Japan.

The book spends a great deal beating into your head that America is at fault. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. I still found it uninteresting and tiresome-- the only chapter where it seemed particularly relevant was the chapter on PTSD.

Basically, I just wish the book delved more into how other countries deal with their own mental illnesses, and how these mirror or differ from those we are familiar with. The introduction mentions koro and amok. Why aren't these explored more in the book?

I felt this could have been a lot more interesting if the books goal wasn't to blame America for globalizing their perceptions of mental illness but instead focus more on cultural differences.

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