Psychological Harm


If you have suffered psychological harm, that may possibly fulfill the harm requirement as “harm” may also include psychological harm. Physical harm is not required for an an asylum claim. In making your claim for asylum, the court will consider the following factors:

  • Your symptoms;

  • Your treatment of those symptoms;

  • The incidents that caused your psychological harm; and

  • Your health and psychological background including your age and trauma suffered from past incidents.

A psychological evaluation by a psychologist or other certified mental health professional can be effective in showing your psychological harm. You should speak freely and openly to your psychologist about your symptoms. Your psychologist will likely ask you to explain what happened to you in your country. Then your psychologist will write a report stating his/her summary of your story, diagnosis, conclusion, etc. Through and with your attorney, you can explain to the immigration officer or judge your diagnosis, any medications you take, and your symptoms.

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