I'm not weird I'm limited edition
posted: Jul. 31, 2020.
When we don’t understand someone, we think there is something wrong with them. They don’t fit because they are different. They don’t look like us or me. We are not crazy, we are different. We are not crazy we are just misunderstood. We are not crazy; the system has nothing that fits us.
According to National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH), greater than 40 million people living in the United States have battled with mental illness in their lifetime. Unfortunately, minorities are not always treated the same when it comes to mental health. Minorities are either misdiagnosed, not diagnosed and do not receive the correct treatment, if any treatment at all.
It is difficult to seek treatment from a system where you are not understood. The behavioral health clinicians should make it a priority to learn and understand the culture, subculture, and micro-culture a person lives in to truly help them. The few types of cultures are race, ethnicity, social status, economic status, education, religion, and gender.
Mental illness is categorized as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bipolar Disorder, ADHS, Borderline Personality Disorders, hoarding, Schizoaffective Disorder.
If you are a minority and need mental health services and find there is no particular therapist that fits your culture, find one that is willing to learn about your culture.
A good therapist would be willing to learn about your culture to help you.
The links below are gives you access to the mental and behavior health data for each of the population.