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Link – “How Dare I”: On Seeking Mental Healthcare While Asian-American

This is a real concern not just in the Asian-American culture, but for anyone dealing with depression who comes from a culture or family that appears to be doing well.

How dare I.

When I wept for reasons I’m not sure of beyond “I feel terrible,” the words said to me from a family member were “How dare you? You have everything, and you feel sad? I should be so lucky.”

How many of us have heard some version of this?

How many of us should be able to tell the truth? When I was dealing with depression, I didn’t “feel sad”, I had a debilitating illness in my brain. That’s not the same thing, try again.

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