"Only allah can heal": A cultural formulation of the psychological, religious, and cultural experiences of a Somali man

Michael T. Starkey, Hyun Kyung Lee, Chia Chen Tu, Jason Netland, Michael Goh, David McGraw Schuchman, Ahmed Yusuf

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Abstract

In this single-participant case study, the clinical experiences of a Somali Muslim man are presented and reviewed with special attention to cross-cultural, religious, or ethnic factors. Paradoxically, this man's religious convictions serve as both a protective and vital part of who he is while contributing to his psychotic experience. We frame our conceptualization of this case using the guidelines suggested by the DSM-IV-TR Outline for Cultural Formulation (American Psychiatric Association, 2000) and discuss our summary impressions of the case and the lessons we take from it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-153
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Muslim Mental Health
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

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