Mini-Script about Rafael
(New York Psychiatry Group, 2 p.m. A knock is heard at the main door which subsequently
opens. A middle-aged man walks into the door and heads to the front desk and takes a seat in
front of me).
Me: Good morning and welcome to New York Psychiatry Group.
Rafael: Thank you.
Me: I am ENTER YOUR NAME. How can I help you?
Rafael: I am Rafael, a Mexican American. I have lived in this country since I was eight years
old. In recent months, I have been feeling excessive anxiety even in minor situations. I
sought help from close friends but all they seemed to suggest is that I take medicine to
ease the condition. The problem is that my culture does not encourage taking medicine
for mental conditions. It could be extremely shameful if people found out. I am so
confused and that is why I came here to seek professional help. Is this condition common
and how often do people experience it?
Me: Anxiety disorder is common in most ethnic groups living ...
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