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Perspectives in Global Mental Health   |    
Long-Standing Depression and Anxiety in a Korean Woman
Sang-Hyuk Lee, M.D., Ph.D.; Borah Kim, M.D., Ph.D.; Tai Kiu Choi, M.D., Ph.D.; Man Hong Lee, M.D.
Am J Psychiatry 2014;171:622-624. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2013.13111469
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The authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.

From the Department of Psychiatry, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University, Seongnam, Republic of Korea; and the Rodem Psychiatric Clinic, Seoul.

Address correspondence to Dr. Kim (borahkim27@gmail.com).

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

Received November 07, 2013; Accepted November 18, 2013.


“Ms. D,” a 65-year-old, elementary school-educated, Christian, Korean housewife, visited our outpatient clinic in May 2013. She initially complained of difficulty falling asleep, indigestion, chest discomfort, uncomfortable heat sensations, and anxiety. In an hour-long interview, she reported feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and hostility toward her husband, who was a pathological gambler. She said that she “often wished [she] was dead or [her] husband was dead” and that her “life had been wasted.” Despite having these symptoms for years, this was only her second psychiatric visit, as she was concerned about stigma and “addiction to medication.”

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