Depression in Africans revisited: a critical review of the literature

Afr J Med Med Sci. Sep-Dec 1979;8(3-4):125-32.


The much-discussed problem of diagnosing depression in Africans is re-examined in this article. First, the incidence of depression as reported by various authors is discussed. Then, the universal difficulty associated with diagnosis of depression is considered. Factors related to diagnosis of depression in Africans are reviewed next. Finally, suggestions are offered as to how diagnosis of depression in Africans can be facilitated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Affective Disorders, Psychotic / diagnosis
  • Africa
  • Anxiety / diagnosis
  • Depression / classification
  • Depression / complications
  • Depression / diagnosis*
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis
  • Suicide / psychology