My experience from this course was great! I learned about a plethora of topics that I knew nothing about. One of the biggest things that I have learned this semester was actually from the beginning of the class. Our discussion of how race truly does not exists really stuck to me. Before this class, I knew all humans were, in fact, human, but to learn that there is scientifically no evidence of race left me in shock. It is just something that I will remember for the rest of my life. Another thing that really stuck to me is the lectures from week four. I really felt that this section was the section that taught me the most things. I learned plenty of things about the Inuit birthing process, for example, how the elders shake the baby’s hand after he or she is born (Gabriel). But what I really understood from this section and what I really took away from this course is that everywhere I go there will be different ways of doing things everyday things. In America, natural occurrences like birth and death are highly medicalized but elsewhere, it is the complete opposite (Gabriel). To learn about these forms of birthing was a pleasure.
Mental illness has always been something that I am interested in learning about and although we covered it in this course, I feel like something other than what was provided to us would help us learn a little more about it. We went in depth about schizophrenia and left other diseases behind. Schizophrenia effects such a small portion of the world. I feel that looking at a more common mental illness, such as depression, will be more suitable. Because of this, the additional item that I think will add value to the course is this qualitative study of depression among different culture groups.
This qualitative study is somewhat like the article by McGruder included in this section of the class, but it is also different because it studies depression and it presents it in a very scientific way. By reading this study, one can learn many things. For example, the information included in the background portion of this study was very interesting. It explains that different countries have different ways of measuring how severe a certain diagnosis is (Lehit). It also explains the differences between primary care help and psychiatric care. In psychiatric care there are specific guidelines set by organizations such as HAD and NICE, but primary care physicians do not have to follow (Lehit). This can be problematic considering the unevenness of treatment.
Gabriel, Cynthia, PH.D. “Inuit Birth” Lecture, Online, August 16, 2016.
Gabriel, Cynthia, PH.D. “”Medicalization” of Everyday Life” Lecture, Online, August 16, 2016.
Lehti, Arja, Anne Hammarstörm, and Bengt Mattsson. “Recognition of Depression in People of Different Cultures: A Qualitative Study.” BMC Family Practice. July 27, 2009. Accessed August 17, 2016. https://bmcfampract.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2296-10-53.