Cultural attitudes toward postpartum depression in Dhaka, Bangladesh
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CitationWilliams, A., Sarker, M., & Ferdous, S. T. (2017). Cultural attitudes toward postpartum depression in dhaka, bangladesh. Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, , 1-12. 10.1080/01459740.2017.1318875
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, yet in many cultures, it remains unaddressed and unacknowledged. Postpartum depression is particularly delicate because of its association with gender and expectations of motherhood. This ethnographic study in Dhaka, Bangladesh sought to understand local perceptions of postpartum depression and cultural influences around mental health care seeking. The results describe the role of culture and stigma in the conceptualization of mental health within both the community and medical spheres. Mental health continues to be unacknowledged and neglected in Bangladeshi communities. We recommend community-based psychosocial programming for new mothers living in slums.