Sudha Chavda. Hillingdon
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Human beings appreciate a sense of 'belonging' therefore uprooting, especially separation from both place and group at the same time is a stressful business. Migration was an adventure in which excitement may have played a part, but so did anxiety and a sense of loss especially when there were large differences in culture and problems of languages to contend with. Thus it was not surprising; they arrived bewildered, perplexed, distressed, fearful and confused. Most of the immigrants succeeded in concealing their reaction after arrival, but in some it became apparent later. The old feeling of loss, or despair, or homesickness or anger could be reactivated by a new stimulus. At such a time, even years after the event, the old conflicting emotions may come back to the surface and produce changes of behaviour or mood. They might have suffered from culture shock when the psychological cues that help an individual to function in society were withdrawn and replaced by new ones.

Migration Dislocation The Need to succeed Culture and concepts of mental illness Culture
The control of deviance Cultural differences in attitude to psychiatric treatment
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