Depression in the Latino Community

1452 WordsJul 10, 20186 Pages
Part I: What I Know and What I Want to Know The Latino community, from immigrating to United States born Latinos are often known to be depressed. Depression is a medical illness that causes a constant feeling of sadness and lack of interest, it affects how the person feels, behaves and thinks. Many Latinos rely on their extended family, community, traditional healers, or churches for help during a health crisis. As a result, many Latinos with mental illnesses often go without professional mental treatment. But why is it that Latinos are so reluctant to receiving help? Sheila Dichoso states that, “there are only 29 Latino mental-health professionals for every 100,000 Latinos in the United States, compared to 173 non-Hispanic white providers…show more content…
My mother had gone through way too many situations to grasp. It was not until she had a little girl for herself that everything she had been through hit her. She saw everything that happened to her when looking in my eyes. Being that she had no one here to talk to, except that family friend who later on became her partner she wanted to give up and became severely depressed. After being interned at the mental hospital my mother soon started receiving therapy and taking antidepressants helping her control her depression. Until this day, that I am twenty, my mother suffers from major depression. Having gone through this tough illness along with my mother, I have always been intrigued as to why so many Latinos deal with depression. Many Latinos who immigrate to the United States fall into depression for a variety of reasons and often do not have access to therapy and medical treatment. II: My Search for Information My research experience has been a little difficult. I ran into many road blocks along the way. Such as not finding enough information or even relevant information that supported my thesis. Bringing me to get discouraged of the topic I had already chosen and had got approved by my professor. Even after all the struggles I went through to find information and get this paper done I managed to push through and stay with the topic I had already chosen. To prepare for this research paper my English professor had us
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