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Classification developed in Europe and North America, was not quite acceptable to developing countries, where behavioral disorders may be different. In developing countries, acute psychotic symptoms often cause particular difficulties in establishing the diagnosis, they are often atypical, and there are doubts as to whether they represent separate disease entities, or is it just a variety of syndromes observed in developed countries. Elucidation of such disputes is difficult for those unfamiliar with local conditions visiting specialists who may underestimate the impact of cultural factors important to consider whether or not the use of the specific features of language facilities for emotions and behavior. More information on cultural aspects of classification can be found in the following sources: Fabrega (1987); Leff (1981); Murphy (1982); Simons, Hughes (1985); Yap (1951).

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