As public health advocates, we are constantly concerned with cultural competencies and addressing the unique needs of those we serve. The Kaiser Health News recently published an article that showcases culture’s role in identifying depression and seeking treatment. Research has shown that Asian Americans are more likely to consider suicide than their white counterparts. Depression among this frequently overlooked and understudied population segment is particularly challenging due to the cultural barriers that stand in the way of diagnosing and treating the condition. The article notes that depression is often not seen as a brain disease and is typically stigmatized due to the high standards that are set within the culture. The author illustrates this through an incredibly poignant story of an adolescent Asian American girl’s struggle with depression and the challenges she faced when confronting her family regarding her mental health needs.
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