Global Mental Health and Psychopharmacology in Precarious Ecologies: Anthropological Considerations for Engagement and Efficacy

  • Janis H. Jenkins
  • Ellen Kozelka


Contrary to common assumptions, treatments that use psychopharmaceuticals require thorough cultural consideration just as psychosocial interventions do. Current efforts to “scale up” global mental health interventions must recognize the social, cultural, and psychological contexts of mental illness and its treatment, and the ecological features of environments with respect to socioeconomic and political conditions that may predispose persons to mental illness through entrapment in precarious situations. Such interventions should be based on a fine-tuned engagement with patients and their families characterized by engaged listening and dialogue if they are to facilitate communication and understanding of both the medical and social expectations associated with the use of psychopharmaceuticals.


Mental Health Mental Illness Mental Health Service Subjective Experience Psychotropic Medication 
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  • Janis H. Jenkins
    • 1
  • Ellen Kozelka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and PsychiatryUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, CAUSA

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