On May 20, Program Director Winnie Hsieh, PsyD, and three mental health experts participated in ABC7’s Mental Wellness Matters Virtual Town Hall. During the discussion, ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchors David Ono and Ellen Leyva asked what the symptoms of those impacted by anti-Asian hate and other acts of racism look like and how individuals can cope. Hsieh stated, “When faced with racism, it is very common to see symptoms of depression or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), such as sleep disturbance, crying spells, low energy/fatigue. To cope, I recommend finding resources to support you and the community. Sometimes feeling hopeful is about being empowered by taking a stand, voice your concerns, stand up for what is right and knowing that there are things you can do as an individual to help. Cities and counties throughout the state are implementing hotlines to report hate crimes anonymously, providing educational workshops, and hosting community meetings and gatherings. Get informed, empowered, and take action.”
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment that sends a series of short magnetic pulses (similar to an MRI) to target areas of the brain.