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.