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    Nearly Quarter Of Undocumented Immigrants Have Mental Disorder, Study Finds

    1Nov - by Daniel Steingold

    HOUSTON — Undocumented Mexican immigrants living near the California-Mexico border experience increased rates of clinical depression and anxiety, a new study finds.

    Researchers at Rice University examined the incidence of mental illnesses and substance abuse among 250 individuals within this stressed population, finding that 23 percent met the DSM’s criteria for having a mental disorder.

    Fourteen percent of the study’s participants were found to have major depressive disorder (MDD), while eight and seven percent had panic or generalized anxiety disorders, respectively.

    Some were determined to have suffered from multiple conditions concurrently.

    “The estimates obtained in this study for depression and anxiety disorders were considerably higher in this population when compared with estimates for the general U.S. population,” says lead author Luz Garcini in a university news release.

    Namely, one major study shows that seven percent of Americans suffer from MDD, while three percent suffer from a panic or anxiety-related disorder.

    These findings came despite the related finding that aliens residing in the U.S. did not demonstrate increased levels of substance abuse.

    “This finding defies existing stereotypes that contribute to stigmatization of and discrimination against Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. without documentation as a population with high prevalence of substance use,” Garcini explains. “These individuals are unlikely to engage in substance use because it increases their risk for deportation and it interferes with their productivity at work.”

    The researchers believe that a number of stressors, including stigmatization, language barriers, fear of deportation, family separation, and discrimination, are culprits for the deteriorated mental health of many migrants.

    Compounding matters, undocumented individuals rarely have access to adequate mental health services, the researchers say.

    “Additional research and funding are needed to document the devastating effects of the current socio-political context on the mental health of immigrants living in the U.S. without documentation, which is needed to inform advocacy, policy and intervention efforts,” Garcini concludes.

    The study’s findings will be published in a future issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

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    GET THEM ALL OUT OF HERE AND KEEP THEM OUT.
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    “Additional research and funding are needed to document the devastating effects of the current socio-political context on the mental health of immigrants living in the U.S. without documentation,"

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    NO FUNDING

    NO MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR ILLEGALS!!!

    DEPORT THEM...AND THEY CAN TAKE THEIR "MENTAL HEALTH" WITH THEM!

    GO STUDY THE "CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY" OF THEIR PRESIDENT AND THEIR COUNTRY WITH YOUR MONEY!

    WHAT A CROC!
    NO DACA - NO AMNESTY - NO PATH TO STAY - LET WORK PERMITS EXPIRE

    HAND UAC'S OVER INTO THE CARE AND CUSTODY OF THEIR EMBASSY!

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    Because they are thieves, living lies everyday due to entering illegally, working illegally, reproducing at the cost of our citizens. No papers, no stay - return to your country and live in peace.
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    Because they are thieves, living lies everyday due to entering illegally, working illegally, reproducing at the cost of our citizens. No papers, no stay - return to your country and live in peace.
    I'm sure you're right. How can living outside the law daily not cause increased anxiety and depression?
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    Just proves they're criminals and need to be deported on the earliest possible date. Clue to employers, based on this study, you've got a bunch of Wack-O-Doodle Criminal Time Bombs about to explode in your operations. Advice: Fire them all and hire Americans.
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    Why do they keep trying to get us to have sympathy for these lawbreakers? A lot of us citizens suffer from the same stressors. Now, are we supposed to be responsible for the mental health of the poor little darlings? This would be humorous if it were not so ridiculous.
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