African-American, Latino citizens at increased risk of mental health issues

A new research study from University of California-Los Angeles Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities explores the extent minority citizens are affected by physical and mental chronic illnesses. The team invited 500 low income Latinos and African Americans to self-report experiences of abuse, neglect and trauma. The researchers afterward assessed the likelihood that the men would develop mental issues. They found out that people who experienced more traumatic events they were more likely to develop more severe symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But, low income minorities would not seek out treatment for their psychological disorders. The research team compiled a list of five factors that increase the risk of developing mental issues. They are: Experiences of discrimination due to racial, ethnic, gender or sexual orientation, a history of sexual abuse, a history of violence in the family or from an intimate partner, a history of violence in an individuals’ community, a chronic fear of being killed or seriously injured. Researchers further emphasized that the medical community should take greater care of low income patients and prescribe effective treatment.

Contributing Author: Amy Chiang

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