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Treatment for Depression Among Latino Immigrants
NPR's "Morning Edition" June 25, 2003 Health and Science section examined the barriers some Latino immigrants in the United States face in receiving treatment for depression. Click here to listen to the segment, profiling Elias Lorensana, a man from Mexico who for years could not find a therapist who spoke Spanish to treat his depression, and examines cultural differences in the approach to mental illness as illustrated by Lorensana's experience (Field, "Morning Edition," NPR, 6/25).
The report also found that one in 20 Latino immigrants contact a mental health provider, according to NPR. The segment includes comments from Suzanna Jimenez Schlesinger, a Mexican-born psychotherapist practicing in the United States, and Raul Castro, a therapist who works at Association House , a community clinic that provides mental health services in Spanish to Latinos living at the poverty level ("Morning Edition," NPR, 6/25).