The surprising truth about depression for Japanese Americans

Dr. Rie Mizuki shares about her experiences with having depression, anxiety, and insomnia. She has lived in Japan and the USA and speaks to the cultural shame involved. As a therapist, having both professional training and personal experiences greatly helps people cope with depression.

If you think you might have depression, there is help. Consider options for treatment and support. http://erasingshame.com/resources

ABOUT THIS SERIES:

We are having honest talk about healthy living. We will talk about hard topics like sexuality, depression, anxiety, family history, mental illness. There is no shame in sharing one’s pain.

Our summer series, Erasing Shame about Mental Health releases a new episode every week thru August 2018! SUBSCRIBE and SHARE!

CREDITS:

  • Made possible by California Mental Health Services Authority calmhsa.org in collaboration with Asian American Christian Counseling Service aaccs.org and support from viewers like you!
  • Produced by the Erasing Shame Team—DJ Chuang, Natalie Hsieh, Eunice Lee
  • Interviews by Jeremiah Chuang
  • Videography by Michael Kitada
  • Video Bumper by Michael Chang, mighty.la
  • Audio Mixing by YaBo Audio yaboaudio.com

 

Getting help for depression and bipolar disorder

It took many years before I found the courage to get help for depression, because it was so hard to overcome the stigma and shame that I needed professional help. Turns out I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Having help from counseling, medication, and a community of faith has given me much healing and hope for a better life. Watch the video of this story from DJ Chuang.