My Painful and Shameful Day in Atlanta (s2e05)

This one is a personal story of a day in the life of DJ Chuang, who works as a consultant and sometimes travels for work. After landing in Atlanta on an uneventful flight, he gets taken on an unforgettable adventure that started with the rental car. http://media.blubrry.com/erasingshame/p/erasingshame.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/erasingshame-s2e05-atlanta-story.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | […]

When People Think You’re OK But You’re Not OK

Why is it difficult to express feelings as an Asian American? How does one learn to understand and express one’s own emotions? How does social media contribute to stereotypes about depression? Meagan shares about her struggles with both anxiety and depression in high school and college. ABOUT THIS SERIES: We are having honest talk about healthy […]

Going to College was the Hardest Thing in Her Life

What does a balanced healthy life look like? Brooke Lee interviews her therapist mother Dr. Rachel Lee. Here’s a Korean American daughter and mother having a heart-to-heart conversation and we get to listen in.   They have an honest talk about how her family prepared Brooke for life, but hard times still come. Brooke details […]

When Her Secret Life Fell Apart, She Couldn’t Hide Anymore

Karis grew up feeling confused and isolated about her ethnic backgrounds, both Caucasian and Asian. She didn’t know who she was or where she belonged. That loss of identity turned into many kinds of personal struggles and issues: eating disorder, drinking, and hurting. When she finally told someone, she began her journey towards healthy living. […]

Korean American Pressures to be Perfect

How do social pressures in Korean and Asian American families contribute to mental health disorders? Can feelings of failure turn into depression? Andrew has seen a lot: emotional neglect and performance anxiety. But he hit a breaking point when he tried to make everyone else happy. Listen to him reveal how he learned to express […]

Finding Strength to Recover from Anxiety

How does mental health get affected by career changes? How is mental health related to fear of disappointment? Annie Choi shares her story and healing journey. She learns that acceptance is a step on the path towards future health. ABOUT THE SERIES: Our summer series, Erasing Shame about Mental Health, releases a new episode every […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Hardship of Caring for an Ailing Loved One

My Dad passed away last year (May 2011) after having a strong 2.5 years before that. The stroke put him on a slow and steady downward path of declining health, first with memory loss, emotions out of control, then loss of mobility, loss of speaking. Ending with loss of life. … more intro to be […]