DSM-IV-TR Casebook Diagnosis of "Comrade Yen"
Comrade Yen, a 40-year-old teacher in a rural
town in China, was interviewed in 1982. She is intelligent, articulate,
and deeply depressed. She sits immobile on the wooden stool opposite
us, looking fixedly at the floor. Her black hair, wound tightly
in a bun, is streaked with white; her handsome, high-cheekboned
face is deeply lined with crow's feet radiating outward
from each eye. She slowly recounts for us the story of her chronic