Sunday, April 10, 2011

Immigration and Depression

Attribution: SEIU International

A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Davis found that Mexican immigrants between the ages of 18-25 are more prone to feelings of depression and anxiety disorders than migrants who remain in Mexico. According to the researchers, this study "provides the first direct evidence that experiences as a migrant might lead to the onset of clinically significant mental health problems in this population." The study showed that immigrants had feelings of social phobia, panic disorder, and PTSD. While the number of individuals surveyed for the study is minimal in comparison with the immigrant population, I personally feel that the results are accurate. I feel that in regards to mental illness, issues of race, gender and class are often overlooked. Considering the intensity of rhetoric surrounding the immigration and welfare debate, it does not seem to far-fetched to assert that these things would have an effect. Sadly, it is often these marginalized peoples who are not only more susceptible to institutional violence but lack access to affordable, quality treatment.

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