It is safe to assume that with most medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, regardless of location across the globe or the cultural upbringing of the patient, symptoms of these illnesses are quite similar. In most instances, the treatment would almost be the same as well. This, however, is not the case with mental health disorders. Mental illness is received very differently among cultures, and the manner in which cultural differences impact the person with the mental illness adds to the challenges being faced by the individual. In communities where interactions between a various number of cultures have exponentially grown, addressing mental illness has become extremely difficult due to stigma. In some, these illnesses can’t even be talked about without bias.
“Assessment is a challenge in part because many of our assessment tools are based on the western set of criteria.” Dr. Yulia Chentsova-Dutton said. “Because of commonalities, we might catch some symptoms, but we might also miss presentations of the disorder that look different.” She added.