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Objective: The forensic
mental health system in Japan changed dramatically with the enforcement of
the “Act on Medical Care and Treatment for the Persons Who Had Caused Serious
Cases under the Condition of Insanity” or MTS Act, in 2005. The aim of this
study is to evaluate the changes in attitude and behavior of general
psychiatrists, towards forensic psychiatry. Methods: We conducted a
questionnaire survey in 2010 on forensic psychiatry for Japanese psychiatrists,
mirroring a previous study from 2007. Results: Comparing the results from both
questionnaires, it is not evident that awareness of forensic mental health
has improved among psychiatrists in the intervening three years. Conclusion:
Further education about forensic mental health needs to be considered inJapan.
Depression is predicted to become the second highest disease burden by 2020 as well as being a common mental health condition across the globe. Nevertheless, the presentation of depression varies depending on several factors with the patient’s cultural background playing a significant role. Although depression is such a universal condition, the manner of how a patient presents not only affects the clinician’s ability to make a diagnosis, but ultimately affects the wellbeing of the patient. It is therefore paramount that as clinicians we appreciate how culture not only affects the presentation of depression but also how cultural beliefs affect the patient’s acceptance of such a diagnosis.