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South Korea: Stressed and depressed, Koreans avoid therapy, New York Times, Jul. 6, 2011
According to mental health experts in South Korea, cultural norms often prevent Koreans from seeking help for mental health issues. “Talking openly about emotional problems is still taboo,” said Dr. Kim Hyong-soo, a psychologist and professor at Chosun University in Kwangju. “…If someone goes to a psychoanalyst, they know they’ll be stigmatized for the rest of their life. So they don’t go.” Dr. Oh Kyung-ja, a Harvard-trained professor of clinical psychology at Yonsei University in Seoul, said that “Koreans are getting more comfortable with Western psychotherapy, but this is limited to the highly educated and those familiar with Western ways.” According to Kim, government mental health clinics have been effective in helping with family or marital problems, but have not been able to reduce depression.
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