Large studies have not been done to see how common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are among South Asians. However, smaller community-based studies have shown that South Asians underutilize medical services related to diagnosing and treating these types of mental health conditions.
Unfortunately, the stigma associated with discussing psychiatric disease prevents many South Asians from discussing common problems like depression and anxiety with family members, friends and even their own doctors. Both men and women often accept their mental condition as a product of their given role or duties in society without seeking adequate help. The stressors of achieving financial stability, juggling family responsibilities, and fitting into a new society without the support of extended family members can make South Asian who have migrated to the United States particularly susceptible to these types of conditions.