Health professionals in primary care have difficulties recognizing, diagnosing, and treating psychiatric disorders effectively in Asian Americans. These patients prefer to seek help from their primary care practitioners rather than mental health specialists because of the shame and stigma they attach to receiving mental health services, their linguistic isolation, and the shortage of Asian bilingual mental healthprofessionals. The traditional Asian view of health does not separate body and mind, so patients do not see the value of consulting a mental health specialist. Such a consultation would be tantamount to acknowledging that their symptoms are severe and not treatable, thereby jeopardizing future employment or marriage and conveying shame to the entire family.
- Western Psychotherapeutic Approaches:
- 1. Structural Family Therapy Model
- 2. Problem Solving Approach
- 3. Bowenian Approach