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Culture shock is a period of ups and downs typically experienced
when moving to a new culture. The process is different for each
individual and can vary in onset, length, sequence and severity. It
helps to be familiar with the stages of culture shock since knowing
about it can ease the process.
Over time the feelings and symptoms will dissipate, but there are a number of tips and tricks for hastening the adjustment process.
In U.S. culture where individuals often live apart from the
social support network of family and friends, it is normal to seek
counseling in times of emotional distress. There are many caring,
qualified professionals such as social workers (M.S.W.),
psychologists (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) or psychiatrists (M.S. in
psychiatry) who can listen and provide the support you need to help
you through a period of difficulty.
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