Let’s Talk … About therapy

People sometimes ask, “How do I know I need therapy?” “How do I find a therapist that will truly understand me?” There are certainly long and detailed answers to these questions, but here are some condensed thoughts that may be helpful in answering these questions. Generally, when a person is feeling that life is not […]

Let’s talk … About secondary trauma

If you haven’t been following the news lately, you probably have smelled the smoke and noticed the ash dust on your car window. The catastrophic fires in California’s North Bay brought tragedy to our back door. We in the U.S. have recently experienced repeated natural and man-made disasters. If you were fortunate enough to not […]

Let’s Talk: About unfinished business

A young man once told me about the time his father was facing a terminal illness. He had gathered his sons together before his last days to apologize for having been neglectful and abusive. At the time, the adult son felt relieved to finally hear his father take responsibility for the way he had treated […]

A hidden tragedy — mental illness and suicide among Asian Americans

What do Jiwon Lee, Kevin Lee, and Andrew Sun have in common? Sadly, they are three Asian American college students who killed themselves in high profile cases in April at prestigious universities. Kevin Lee, (no relation to Jiwon), a sophomore at Boston University studying biomedical engineering was found dead in his dorm room. Andrew Sun, […]

A psychological lifeline for Asian American teens

On a cold, clear Sunday evening in March, Hung Wei sits in the living room of her home in Cupertino, a prosperous Silicon Valley suburb, surrounded by a dozen high school students. The teens, almost all Asian American, gather around a circular glass coffee table graced with brightly colored figurines. Two girls of Indian descent […]

Campaign counters depression stigma among Asian Americans

So you’re Asian American and you’re depressed. You suffer from insomnia and stomachache – symptoms frequently associated with depression. But heaven forbid you want to seek the help of a mental health caregiver. As a member of the “model minority” community in the United States, would that not diminish your standing in the eyes of […]

LET’S TALK: About Day of Remembrance

It’s only been in recent years that people have been able to talk about the incarceration of our Japanese American community during World War II as a form of “trauma.” Filtered through government language that disguised and diminished the harm inflicted, our own community has struggled for decades to actually name what happened to us […]

LET’S TALK: About coping with stress

You may notice that some days just go along quite smoothly, and you hardly notice any emotional or physical discomfort. Other days, you may find yourself feeling agitated, irritable and even a little sick, or on the other hand, excited, exuberant and anxious. These may just be the normal ups and downs of life, or […]

LET’S TALK: About Depression

Feeling blue, sad, lethargic or unmotivated can be a transient mood that comes with disappointing news, such as not getting the job you interviewed for, being turned down for a date, or missing someone who has moved away. “Situational depression” is a normal response to difficult situations and down moods tends to dissipate with time […]

LET’S TALK: About Mental Health

It’s something we often take for granted — a feeling of well-being, a positive outlook for the future, clarity of thought, and so forth. Then something comes your way that knocks you flat, whether it’s a job loss, relationship problems, financial stressors, or someone you love passes away. Depression, confusion or anger may follow. Those […]

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