Why Mental Illness Is Stigmatised in Asian Cultures: My Struggle With Anxiety

Different cultures and different kinds of stigma change the way we experience illness.

Mabel Kwong

Mention metal illness in Asia and chances are you’ll get odd looks. It’s a topic usually unspoken here and within many Asian cultures, it’s a topic shunned and hushed.

I was born in Australia to stereotypical Chinese-Malaysian parents. No one in my household brought up the subject of mental health when I grew up. For a long time, I thought it couldn’t exist in the family. But earlier this year, I was diagnosed with both social anxiety and panic disorders.

Mental illness is one of life's curveballs - a time when you may feel alone and unloved | Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve. Mental illness is one of life’s curveballs – a time when you may feel alone and unloved | Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve.

Anxiety is feeling stressed or worried on an ongoing basis. There are many forms of it, just as there are many kinds of mental illnesses – depression, anorexia, substance addiction and bipolar disorder for instance. Mental illness can affect anyone, and support towards overcoming it is…

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