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How Has Your Culture Impacted Your Relationship Or Lack Thereof With Mental Health?




A Japanese girl sits on her fathers shoulders during the annual Sanja Festival at Tokyo's Sensoji Temple on May 22, 2005 in Tokyo, Japan.
A Japanese girl sits on her fathers shoulders during the annual Sanja Festival at Tokyo's Sensoji Temple on May 22, 2005 in Tokyo, Japan.
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Mental health has long been stigmatized across the board, but within some cultures the challenges involved in seeking help can be intensified. LA Times Columnist Frank Shyong recently pinned a letter to his parents in a column that pulls back the curtain on some of his own struggles, and it’s starting a conversation. 

Shyong’s column titled “A letter to my parents about depression and mental illness,” explains his difficulty expressing his feelings over the last several years. He says he’s dealt with depression most of his adult life, and it came to an extremely low point when certain aspects of his life otherwise appeared to be thriving. Today on AirTalk, Larry chats with a psychologist about mental health and the particular challenges within certain cultures, who says Shyong’s story is a typical one among Asian families. We also want to hear from you! How has your culture impacted how you look at your own mental health and how you’ve addressed mental health struggles or seeking help? Tell us your experience by calling 866-893-5722. 

Guest:

Hsing-Fang Chang, Pasadena-based psychologist who focuses on cross-cultural counseling, which includes things like intercultural relationship issues and intergenerational family conflicts, she also specializes depression, anxiety, life coaching and more