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dc.contributor.authorShoesmith, W.
dc.contributor.authorBorhanuddin, A.
dc.contributor.authorYong Pau Lin, P.
dc.contributor.authorAbdullah, A.
dc.contributor.authorNordin, N.
dc.contributor.authorGiridharan, Beena
dc.contributor.authorForman, D.
dc.contributor.authorFyfe, S.
dc.identifier.citationShoesmith, W. and Borhanuddin, A. and Yong Pau Lin, P. and Abdullah, A. and Nordin, N. and Giridharan, B. and Forman, D. et al. 2018. Reactions to symptoms of mental disorder and help seeking in Sabah, Malaysia. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 64 (1): pp. 49-55.

© 2017, © The Author(s) 2017. Background: A better understanding is needed about how people make decisions about help seeking. Materials: Focus group and individual interviews with patients, carers, healthcare staff, religious authorities, traditional healers and community members. Discussion: Four stages of help seeking were identified: (1) noticing symptoms and initial labelling, (2) collective decision-making, (3) spiritual diagnoses and treatment and (4) psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. Conclusion: Spiritual diagnoses have the advantage of being less stigmatising, giving meaning to symp toms, and were seen to offer hope of cure rather than just symptom control. Patients and carers need help to integrate different explanatory models into a meaningful whole.

dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd.
dc.titleReactions to symptoms of mental disorder and help seeking in Sabah, Malaysia
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry
curtin.departmentCurtin Malaysia
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