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India West: Indian Americans Suffer High Rate of Depression

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A study from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum found that a higher percentage of South Asian Americans tested positive for symptoms of depression, reports India West.

Youth ages 15 to 24 are especially vulnerable, according to the same study.

The most recent high profile case was that of  Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student who dropped out of school with depression and disappeared the following year.

He was found dead near Brown after a long intensive search by his family.

“He was never clinically diagnosed with depression. But we in the family knew he had problems with his mood.” said his brother Ravi.

South Asian American women have a higher rate of suicide, but men are more likely to carry it out successfully.

“Young people don’t have any outlets to talk about their problems and they try suicide and complete suicide,”  Aruna Rao, associate director of the New Jersey chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness said.

You can read a lot more about how  young Indian Americans are battling with depression in India West.

 

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