Cultural Issues in Anxiety Disorders: Some Particularities of the Iranian Culture


  • Azadeh Malekian Psychiatrist, Psychosomatic Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • Hamid Afshar Associate Professor, Psychosomatic Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • Gholamhossein Ahamadzadeh Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran



Culture, Iran, Anxiety disorders


Anxiety disorders occur in all human societies; yet there are cross- cultural variations in the symptomatology, prevalence, the etiologically contributing bio-psycho-social factors and the social responses to the symptoms and their management. Iran has a heterogeneous population with numerous subcultures bounded closely to each other through the common history, language, Old Persian culture and the similarities in their impressing experiences as a nation. In the format of a narrative review article, here we intend to induce a minimal insight into a few areas of particularity of anxiety disorders in Iranian culture. We will focus on the examples of socio-cultural factors affecting the source of distress, help-seeking behaviors, symptom presentation and treatment of these disorders in Iran.


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How to Cite

Malekian, A., Afshar, H., & Ahamadzadeh, G. (2013). Cultural Issues in Anxiety Disorders: Some Particularities of the Iranian Culture. International Journal of Body, Mind and Culture, 1(1), 54-58.



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