My Bout with Depression, A Personal Account
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It is hard for some young immigrant women to adjust to a new life after they arrive in a new country such as Canada and many may, post-immigration, struggle with one of the most common form of mental illness, depression. Depression may become part of ordinary life of these young immigrant women and they learn to live with it. What contributes to these young women’s depression upon arrival? What are the socio-demographic factors that might contribute to depression? According to Smith, Matheson, Moineddin, and Glazier (2007), there are a few factors that make female immigrants prone to silence around their depression as a protective measure and many live a lonely life. The purpose of this thesis is to explore this protective factor from a personal point of view. I use myself as a subject for this self-study, and use an autoethnographic method as it will allow established and prospective clinicians a peek into a personal lived experience. This, it is my hope, will enable them to better assist and understand female clients who are new immigrants and who are struggling with depression.