Over at The Washington Post...
Many Asian immigrant families are less inclined to reach out for help until there is a crisis, experts say. “A lot of Asians avoid seeking treatment until the disease is advanced,” said MaJosé Carrasco of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. As director of the group’s multicultural action center, she seeks to raise awareness about mental health care for different communities.
And even when Asian Americans do reach out, they often find both medication and psychotherapy a poor fit. What patients who seek care “are telling us is that they don’t think that psychotherapy, which is designed for white Americans, really works for them,” said Hyeouk Chris Hahm, an associate professor at the Boston University School of Social Work.
Parents sometimes stand in the way of treatment, intentionally or not. Kids can be burdened by the sacrifices made for their benefit.
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