There are many areas of life that we could get help with if we have a multicultural or better to say an Iranian view on Psychology.
We would benefit from a new evaluation of the use of psychology for understanding human behavior and the human mind in our diverse cultures. The scientific outlook of psychology and psychotherapy covers humanity in general, yet the impact and the social settings of psychopathology are truly distanced from each other when comparing the Eastern and the Western cultures.
Migration, when forced onto a nation as it is the case for Iranians is become a main source of mental illness for many families.
For many other nations, when people flee horrible and inhuman life circumstances, the level of trauma creates unbearable stress, anxiety, pain, dislocation, separation, loss, and fear.
The feeling of leaving one’s home and never going back to it is devastating enough to cause depression and all other sorts of mental health problems.
In my mind, there should be a category of depression due to just migration as a real issue in the world.
Multicultural counseling must be defined and discussed. Counseling and lifestyle consultation is the main source of help many people are in need of since adjusting and integrating to a new society has its own dilemmas.
Many times psychiatrists and psychologists in Western cultures diagnose depression as the source of the problem while not digging for the reason for the depression.
Prescribing medicine and giving advice that does not work for such diverse cultures is another aspect of this need of evaluation.
How can we help a client to change any behavior if we have no idea of the puzzle of life this person lives with or the impact of the many cultural barriers?
More to come…
April 22, 2007