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Cross-Cultural Barriers in Asian Mental Health

Willis Gough


Since the 16th century, the Asian community had their mental health impaired due to colonization and migration. This topic has been ongoing for years, yet it is an essential study because mental health is just as important as physical well-being. Asians are an ethnic group that refuses to discuss their mental health concerns due to stigmas, but concealment worsens symptoms to the point that it is too late to seek treatment. A systematic review of literature was conducted to examine the causal relationship between cross-cultural barriers and its impact on Asian mental health, from colonialism to present-day society. The results revealed that historic events still affect Asian populations to this day, Western health principles can apply to every culture for diagnoses and treatment, and many fear how loved ones will react to their abnormal state of mind. Evidence implies that lack of confidentiality and advance directives are issues that many organizations and groups around the world are either working on resolving or already developed methods. The findings throughout this thesis emphasize that cross-cultural barriers in mental health among Asians exist, but clients and supporters can break them together when they put forth the effort.

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