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Is anxiety expressed differently in different cultures?

Anxiety is expressed in different ways in different cultures, just as it is in different people. Some may communicate verbally. Others may use indirect communication because they avoid conflict and value harmonious relationships. Some may need folk healers, some use herbs or teas, some use amulets, some use medicine, some use doctors or nurses.
How anxiety is expressed varies in significant ways across cultures. For example, in Asian cultures, anxiety may be expressed predominantly through somatic symptoms such as stomach or other gastrointestinal complaints, while those from Western cultures more frequently express anxiety through cognitive avenues.

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