Intercultural module added to the treatment guidelines of depressive and anxiety disorders for Moroccan and Turkish patients. (WC2008-107)

Background

Starting date: 01/06/2009  Since the sixties of the last century, many people from Morocco and Turkey have come to work and live in the Netherlands. It has been found that depression and anxiety symptoms are very common among these immigrants. In the last decade, Moroccan and Turkish patients have found their way to organizations for mental health care. However, they often drop-out from treatment, and therefore they do not receive adequate treatment as proposed in treatment guidelines for depressive and anxiety disorders . When not adequately treated, they have a higher risk to develop a chronic course of the depressive and anxiety disorders, leading to long term disabilities in daily functioning. Problems in the communication with the therapists and different expectations regarding treatment seem to be causal factors for the early drop- out from therapy .