Seasonal Affective Disorder in Minority Populations

Mental health stigma remains a serious barrier to care, especially among Hispanic Americans. They may come to psychiatrists only after their illnesses are quite advanced and have seriously affected their functionality.

In this mental health minute, Agdel J. Hernandez-Colon, MD, talks about the challenges psychiatrists may face as they treat this underserved population. He offers advice on how to build a strong therapeutic alliance and provide culturally sensitive mental health education.

Dr Hernandez-Colon is the chairman of the department of psychiatry at Nuvance Health and its Residency Program Director.

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