Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 412–420 | Cite as

Symptoms of Turkish Patients with Depression in Ankara and Berlin

  • Derya Iren Akbiyik
  • Vildan Sumbuloglu
  • Oguz Erkan Berksun
  • Vesile Senturk
  • Stefan Priebe
Original Paper


Numerous studies have investigated the potential impact of migration on psychiatric morbidity levels. Relatively little research has studied how the symptom profiles of patients with similar disorders and similar backgrounds are linked to the culture in which they live. Such research requires comparisons of immigrant patient samples with samples of patient who remain in their country of origin. In this study we compared symptoms in Turkish patients with depression living in Ankara, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany. To understand symptoms of patients with depression, not only the culture of origin but also the cultural context in which patients have been living needs to be considered as an important factor. The new culture can be associated with distinct, and not necessarily more serious, symptom profiles.


Depression Immigrant mental health Turkish mental health Germany Symptoms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Derya Iren Akbiyik
    • 1
  • Vildan Sumbuloglu
    • 2
  • Oguz Erkan Berksun
    • 3
  • Vesile Senturk
    • 3
  • Stefan Priebe
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryAnkara Oncology Research and Training HospitalAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Biostatistics DepartmentZonguldak Karaelmas UniversityKozlu-ZonguldakTurkey
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryAnkara UniversityCebeciTurkey
  4. 4.Unit for Social & Community Psychiatry, Newham Centre for Mental HealthQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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