This study involves a close view of schizophrenia patients in different cultural environments in Africa (Nigeria) and Europe (Germany). The aims and objectives of this study are to find out differences in symptoms, incidence rate, diagnostic means, treatments and as well as the inter-cultural influences on schizophrenia if any!
Research/interviews were carried out at the psychiatric department of teaching hospital Portharcourt (Nigeria) and Psychiatric department of the Tuebingen teaching hospital (Germany).
The selection of patients was at random and in line with ICD 10, F20. A sample of 40 schizophrenia patients from these psychiatric hospitals were interviewed. The sample was made to include equal numbers of men and women irrespective of their age or any special quality or qualifications. At the end I came at the following conclusions.
Beyond any reasonable doubt, the high rate of religious delusions and the lay belief regarding the cause of mental ill health (schizophrenia) in Africa (Nigeria) is seen as the only major difference in comparing the symptomatic of schizophrenia in Africa with Europe (Germany). At the same time one should not forget that religion is the order of the day in Africa today, hence the high rate of religious delusions should not be allowed to raise much dust when looking at the symptoms of intercultural schizophrenia.
The therapy of mental ill health (schizophrenia) provides us with another notable difference! While the treatment of schizophrenia in Europe is purely modern medicine...