Mental Health and Minorities
Updated: Jun 23, 2021
Minorities are just a likely as non-minorities to experience severe mental disorders such as
anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, they are far less likely to receive
treatment. For instance, the percentage of African Americans receiving needed care is only half
that of whites, and 24% of Hispanics with depression and anxiety receive appropriate care
compared to 34% of whites with the same diagnosis. Reasons include a lack of access to
services, cultural and language barriers, and limited research concerning mental health and
minorities. Many studies have found that lack of access to services is strongly associated with one's level of income and access to medical insurance.
Racial and ethnic minorities have higher rates of poverty and a much greater likelihood of being uninsured. Also, many minorities live in rural, isolated areas where access to mental health services is limited. Language is a significant barrier to receiving appropriate mental healthcare. The language barrier often deters individuals from seeking treatment. Minorities who experience severe mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, are far less likely to receive treatment. Many people from different cultures see mental illness as shameful and delay treatment until symptoms reach crisis proportions. The culture of physicians and a mental health clinic influences how they interpret symptoms and interact with patients.
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